Individuals often have themselves and their behaviors affected by those around them, whether they be physically nearby, or otherwise close such as through social networking sites like Facebook.
Most would agree that the constant presence of friends and acquaintances through online media will in some way have a considerable influence on their lives, but many would not consider how social media impacts their mental stability. In researching cognitive theory, Bill Dressler, a professor at the University of Alabama created the theory of cultural consonance which is a method for understanding how a person’s cultural and social involvement can greatly impact their overall mental and physical health. This research has been further expanded to look into groups as a whole that use social networking to a great extent and shows that those more interconnected share more consonant goals, lifestyles, and health expectations.
The studies also showed a correlation between decreased blood pressure, perceived stress, and depression, though more research will be required for any definite claims to be made. The information gathered in this study may be applied in other areas to promote the usage of such things as social media sites in order to possibly improve mental well being among targeted groups.”