Negative Social Media

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As of 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, 86% of American adults use the internet, and of that 86% it has been observed that 79% of adult internet users in the US use Facebook. Breaking that down by gender, 83% of female and 75% of male internet users use Facebook (3). With there being a nearly 10% difference in which gender uses Facebook more, one might ask if the ways men and women use social media differ, and if so, do these sites have differing effects depending on if someone identifies as male or female? Although many scholars have suggested that social media is beneficial to society, a careful examination reveals that social media has a number of negative side effects that almost outweigh the benefits. Before being able to look at the different effects of social media, one must look at the different uses of these sites by men and women. It can be clearly seen in a graph used by Suren Ramasubbu from 2013 that women were much more likely to use social media than men. As stated above, women use Facebook more than men and this trend was also observed in other major social networking sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. However, 24% of men compared to 19% of women used LinkedIn (1). In conducting further research, one can find that, the ways in which the two genders use social media are quite different. Females are more likely to use websites such as Facebook and Instagram to strengthen preexisting relationships while men use them to gain new
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