Is Social Media Causing Depression In Our Youth

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

By Matthew Friedman and Dylan Boilen 2. Persona and POV statement Persona: p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px}

Persona name: Nolan Douglous


Age: 18


School/occupation: Communication major, University of Michigan


Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan


Quote: “It is discipline to not let social media steal your time.”



-Coming from the South Side of Detroit in a family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters, Nolan did not receive much attention and thus grew up as an independent child. He worked extremely hard in pursuing his education and was granted a full scholarship to the University of Michigan.

-In highschool he devoted a majority of his free time to the creation of his own app that scans social media platforms for harmful comments on posts and makes them censored meaning that the user would have to confirm they wanted to see the potentially harmful comment.



-Keep up grades in college in order to maintain his scholarship

-Now that his first app was a decent success, he wants to pursue the creation of another app that will further his positive impact in the social media industry.  

-Secure funding for his app visions that will allow him to gain ability for advertising for his app and have an even larger impact on the adolescent generation. ‘


POV statement:


Nolan Douglous is embarking on his freshman year in college and is super energetic about his new opportunities, primarily in terms of networking opportunities and ways to get even more involved in the social media industry. He is not sure of what he plans to do post undergrad. He ponders going to get his masters in education or possibly staying on the tech side of things and continuing the devotion towards app creation and advocation for the dangerous of social media. However, in the summer before his freshman year, Nolan started experiencing bouts of anxiety and depression, of which the origin is unknown. Despite struggling this summer, he is still preparing enter and his social media activity levels have never been higher.

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