We live in an era ruled by social media, primarily when it comes to teenagers, social media is used for everything. From communicating with family and friends to being used as a news outlet, and even advertisement for business and companies. This article is titled “Social Media: What's Not to Like,” written by Alison Pearce Stevens. The topic of this essay is the effect social media can have on teenagers. Social media, on one hand, can be used as a great way to share with the world and boost teens’ self-esteem. On the other hand, social media can be used as a place for bullying, body shaming and can cause depression or even suicide in teens.
Older generations don’t realize how much technology has affected this generation of teenagers, along with the social media that comes along with the technology. As stated in “How Social Media Changed Teens’ Lives Forever”; “Negative posts or comments also can do great damage to a teen’s self-esteem.” (Ashley Black, Thomas Atseff and Colleen Kaveney) While many parents think social media is just a way to connect with others, many teenagers take it for granted. For example, “quitting social media because it made her miserable and obsessed with appearing perfect online”, is what a teenager felt about social media and what it has done to her. Though many think that social media is a great way to connect, teenagers take it to another level.
Cyberbullying is one of the many negative effects of social media. Cyberbullying is using the internet to bully another person which results in lowered self-esteem. “52% of students have reported being the victim of cyberbullying with 84.2% naming Facebook as the site through which they have been bullied, followed by Instagram (23.4%), Twitter (21.4%), and Snapchat (13.5%)” (ProCon.Org 12). Cyberbullying has many negative effects on the mental health of the person being bullied and the person doing the bullying.
Are you a victim of cyberbullying on the internet, or a victim of all the positive impact that social media can offer ? In the articles, “Student examines negative effects of social media on teens” by Aurelie Krakowsky, and the article, ¨the upside of selfies: social media isn't all bad for kids” by Kelly Wallace (CNN), the authors argue about how social media can be bad for kids but can also be very useful at some times. Over all social media can harmful in many ways; however there are more benefits that truly exceed them.
Teenagers can seek approval from their peers at school as well as online. Nearly every school setting has established some sort of unofficial clique system— a hierarchy, and , naturally, everyone wants to be at the top. Often times, one’s “rank” is equated to his or her worth. While not everyone is a perpetrator of this fierce competitiveness, nearly all are victims of it. The current generation of teenagers in particular, has a great advantage in the game of social standings— the Internet. Behind closed doors and especially online, teenagers utilize both jarring invective and slanderous gossip to evoke a false sense of self worth. John Titlow utilizes “#Me: Instagram Narcissism and The Scourge Of The Selfie” to argue how, when accessing social media, “you start to get the feeling you’re peeking through a window of a world you’re not quite supposed to have access to”(1). Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and all other forms of social media serve as both the main source of ammunition and the weapon of choice for vicious social attacks. By castigating one’s appearance or online presence, bullies attack a teenager’s identity. Most worrisome, however, is the fact these cyber bullies do not realize the harm they are causing. By communicating anonymously, they are unable to see the direct results of their actions. They only feel the rush of power after exploiting someone else's insecurities, providing a false sense of security for themselves. Their narcissism only increases as they decimate any empathy they may feel for their
One danger that is often overlooked by social networking users is social comparison. The phrase “social comparison” refers to the idea that people determine their own self-worth through evaluating and comparing themselves to others. This is especially prevalent on social networking sites. Users of social networking sites often strive to make their lives seem perfect. In order to achieve this, users will only post their “highlights” or positive points in their lives. One author states, "When you're on a site like Facebook, you get lots of posts about what people are doing. That sets up social comparison — you maybe feel your life is not as full and rich as those people you see on Facebook,” ("Social Media: Does social media have a positive impact on the world?"). However, it is not the fact that the users may unintentionally be posting only their highlights that could be potentially dangerous. Rather, it is the fact that another user may compare their own life to another user’s. For example, a user could be scrolling through a site and see another user’s highlights and begin comparing their own life to the other user’s. As a result, a user could start to develop a lower self-esteem. Their sense of self-worth may also be damaged in the process. This obsession of one’s self-image can have severe consequences such as feelings of depression or loneliness ("Social Media: Does social media have a positive impact on the world?").
Social media is the fastest growing trend among teenagers and young adults. Whether you believe that social media is a good or bad influence, millions of kids join social media every day. In the article “The Upside of Selfies: Social media is not that bad for kids” by an unknown author, describes how social media has a positive on many teenagers. While the article “Creep Show” by Alyssa Giacobble, shows the dark and unpleasant side of social media. Both articles explain social media in a variety of ways, but the positive side of social media overwhelms the negative side.
In this day of age teenagers are very connected in the internet world. Infact, of the 69% of teens that own a smartphone or computer, 80% of them are on social media (Cyberbullying Rampant on the Internet). A majority of teenagers invest their time into social media and utilize the networks in search for their identity. Social media users publically open themselves up and become vulnerable to the peers around them. Social media can be used by middle and high school students as a tactic of gaining
Visualize this: It is almost time to eat dinner, and the teenagers have not bothered to do their homework because they have been preoccupied with social media all afternoon. They are spending a majority of their time taking pictures and posting them for ‘likes’ to fit in with everyone else, or they are stalking other people’s posts and pictures, wondering why their lives are not as thrilling as the others’ lives appear. Worst of all, kids of all ages are committing suicide after being cyberbullied to the point that they cannot take it anymore. Picturing it now? Regrettably, that describes the scenery of how their generation is now – the effects of social media on young people are horrifying.
I believe that social media and technology is the most popular activity and material that people get attached and attracted to. In today’s generation, it has a part in some people’s lives that we may or may not use online source and because of that, it changes our lifestyle and society. Online activities such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon, Google, and others are giving us some advantages and disadvantages such as it allows us to look for information about articles, histories or in ourselves, making online businesses, and to communicate with each other.
In the modern world, social media is a major source of information for the public and for individuals. There are positives and negatives to social media for the Phoenix police department. According to the operational orders, these positives include community outreach, problem solving, investigations, crime prevention, and other related objectives. These can include burglary prevention, road closures, or weather emergencies. In addition, the department can use social media for investigative purposes. Such purposes include posting pictures of missing persons, gang participation, or wanted persons. For the department overall, social media can be beneficial, while social media can be dangerous for individual employees.
In today’s century social media is the main way to communicate with people with people all over the world. It has become very popular... even more popular than a text or video message. Social media is a computer technology that facilitates the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via communities and networks. The variety of social media services that are currently available can help benefit businesses, introduce an event, or even help you find a friend, family member, or long lost soulmate. Some social sites even help you find love. However, there are many positive things that can come out social media but there are many negatives too.
There are many pros and cons to social media so I am indifferent about this topic. Some pros of social media is that it helps with communication with people from long distances and it's also good for advertising. Some cons are it brings about cyberbullying and it’s really time consuming. These are some reasons why I am indifferent about social media.
The internet and social media has opened so many doors for our generation. Thousands of resources are at our fingertips that 30 years ago would seem impossible. However, as the old saying goes ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Scrolling through Instagram you will most likely find images of people with ‘perfect’ bodies in swimsuits. It is very easy to compare your body to these images and not feel confident about yourself. Now put yourself in a young teenager’s perspective, looking at all these images. Their main question might be “Why don’t I look like that?” This raises an issue for teenagers to be more likely to not be comfortable in their skin, have lower self-esteem, and body shame themselves. Another issue with social media is the anxiety that can come from it. Today it is apparent that most teenagers using social media platforms tend to be worrying about the color scheme of their profile, number of likes and how fast they show up, their following ratio, regulating the number of posts on their, number of followers, number of retweets and many more anxieties. In a weird way, it can be easier to make fun of someone or bully someone behind a screen and not right to their face. This raises another version of bullying known as cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is the most common online risk for teenagers and adolescence (O’Keeffe 801). Researchers have found signs of depression from the use of social media (802). From repeated and extended use of social media
Society is very familiar with all the rising social media platforms that teenagers are using like Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Those are some of the most popular apps that teens are using. But how have all those social media platforms shaped my generation? Social media has been labeled as a positive tool but overall adults have seen it as a harm to teens. Many parents have agreed against their children using those social media platforms because of the many incidents that have surfaced involving kids and teenagers. The most common dangers that parents think about have been that kid’s have been bullied and have received death threats or even self-harmed. The social media platforms that are a popular among teens are being used as a way to express themselves, proving others who is strong, and to be social and covered with friends but those decisions have brought them negative consequences in one way or another.