How Social Media Affects Adolescents

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Running head: SOCIAL MEDIA & ADOLESCENTS 1 How Social Media Affects Adolescents In Todays Society Tatiana N. Montano Brandman University SOCIAL MEDIA & ADOLESCENTS 2 Abstract This paper examines the affect social media has on adolescents, ranging from ages 12-18. It is argued that social media has both positive and negative influences on todays youth. The aspect of social media being researched would involve how social media is being utilized. Through the research of academic resources, statistics will reveal whether or no social media truly affects adolescents in a positive or negative way. SOCIAL MEDIA & ADOLESCENTS 3 In this day and age, it is rare to come across someone who doesn’t own a smart phone, computer, or tablet. We have made it to the digital age where Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are just a few of the ways people in this generation have chosen to communicate. In most instances, all these social media sites are seen as positive ways of interaction. It’s a way to keep in touch with your friends and family, share your opinion, and a chance to have a voice. However, the introductions to all these social sites are being introduced to children at a younger and younger age. Livingston (2014) suggests, “The widespread use of social network sites (SNSs) by children has significantly reconfigured how they communicate.” (p. 283). Can social media affect actual social skills? When you can’t hide behind an
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