Negative Effects Of Social Media Essay

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Just this last decade, technology has improved a great deal. Tasks that required intensive training and immense amounts of time twenty years ago can be completed today within seconds at your fingertips. Nowadays, technology is constantly being used everywhere you go and at any time. Before there was google or even the internet, it would take hours of research to find answers that are a simple click away. While technology advances have had a huge positive impact on the efficiency and productivity of today’s society and the generation of people that have come from it, it has also slowed us down and made us forget our priorities. As technology has evolved, so has the creation of social media. Although social media has made us capable of…show more content…
Informed by sociocultural theory, a rapidly growing body of research addresses the question of whether body perfect ideals in the mass media are a core risk factor for negative body image, particularly in women.” (Vol. 28, Iss. 1, Special Issue: Body Image and Eating Disorders). Such negative ideals have had a negative impact on society today, increasing the number of eating disorders. “ For women, media use predicted disordered-eating symptomatology, drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction, and ineffectiveness. For men, media use predicted endorsement of personal thinness and dieting and select attitudes in favor of thinness and dieting for women.” This is an example of how social media has changed the way we think as a whole society. Social media is a place for people to connect and share experiences yet it has turned into a contest of who looks best, who is living the most lavishly, and finally who is getting the most likes or followers. Not only has social media changed the way the world looks at people who do not fit the perfect image but it has also targeted specific people based on what they believe or look like. As a society, we have been divided based on what people believe and express on social media. Such images that are derogatory towards a social, political, or cultural problem are often senselessly posted on social media. Cyberbullying is another one of the negative impacts social media poses. Cyberbullying is the use of technology including social
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