"The online communities made me feel included and that I was worthwhile. "However, I soon began to neglect 'real life' friendships and constantly spent all my time online talking to my friends there. "I fell into a deep depressive episode aged 16, which lasted for months and was utterly horrible. "During this time social media made me feel worse, as I would constantly compare myself to other people and make myself feel bad. "When I was 19, I had another bad depressive episode. I'd go on social media, see all my friends doing things and hate myself for not being able to do them, or feel bad that I wasn't as good a person as them." Social media has also been a positive in Isla's life. "I have blogged a lot about mental health and I'm quite open about it and have good conversations with people about it. "I find it gives me a platform to talk and talking with people is something I find imperative to my own health. "The online friends I made five or six years ago I'm still friends with to this day and have met many of them in person." The online survey asked participants a series of questions about whether YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter had an impact on their health and well-being.
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