Negative Effects Of Social Media On Teenagers

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After being asked an important question of how social media affects teenage kids lives, I went in to doing my research. One article stated, “41% say they are ‘addicted’ to their mobile devices, and 36% say they sometimes wish they could go back to a time when there was no Facebook,” (Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives, 2013). Teens are too attached to their mobile devices and the outcome has proved it. Facebook has a more negative effect on teenager’s lives because they lack physical connections, miss out on experiences, and no longer hold the quality in friendships.

Teenagers are so used to having conversations over online chats, that they have become too reliable on social media. One document quotes, “Other research at UCLA shows teens' increasingly preferred mode of communication with their friends, texting, makes them feel less connected and bonded than face-to-face communication… She found the closer the experience was to in-person conversation, the more emotionally connected the friends felt. For example, video chat rated higher than a phone call, but the phone created a closer connection than texting,” (Social Media Affecting Teens' Concepts of Friendship, Intimacy, 2014). Instead of having real life conversations, teenagers are so nervous that they rely on texting. They have developed shyness and need the ability to think of what they are going to say before it comes out. While that is usually what happens in conversations, texting gives
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