Media, such as the use of the internet and watching television, allows for quick communication between people, but overexposure to such media is correlated with social anxiety and clinical depression (Becker, Alzahabi, & Hopwood, 2013; Dalbudak et al., 2013; Dittmar, 1994; McNaughton-Cassill, 2001). Media usage is pervasive in our society, especially among adolescents and college students (Dittmar, 1994; Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010; Romer, Bagdasarov, & More, 2013). Symptoms of these mental illnesses are correlated with all forms of media, and can be influenced by the content of the media as well (Madan, Mrug, & Wright, 2013). Excess use of such media among adolescents and college students correlates with this rising surge of mental illnesses. This literature review discusses (a) the correlation between overexposure to media and depression and anxiety, (b) the content of such media and its effects on behavior, and (c) preventative treatments to such illnesses due to media. Attention to the negative side effects of excess use of media, and the application of preventative measures and therapies may reduce the amount of cases of clinical depression and social anxiety among adolescents and college students.

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