Leon Furness, a third year student at the University of Manchester, caught the attention of The Whip after proposing a visionary dissertation on how “actually incredibly detrimental” social media is to young people’s mental health.
In his draft annotated bibliography, Furness referenced Russell Brand’s memoir, My Booky Wook, as well as Zoella’s autobiography, praising the latter as “an inspiring tale of self-realisation”.
“I’m specifically targetting Instagram in my diss, because I’ve found that recently I can no longer finish trawling through the stories of up-and-coming DJs and home friends who are happier than me,” the Sociology student told The Whip.
“I’ve spotted a negative correlation between social media use and self-esteem that no-one else has seen before. For my research I’ll be using an advance form of logistical regression metadata analysis, as well as interviewing my mates about posts like Annie from back home becoming a chartered accountant while they’re resitting second year.
It has been reported that Leon could be expecting an honorary role at UoM following his dissertation. The revelation follows a similar award to an alumni of the university for their innovative research on middle class students and Valium.