Social Media And Its Effect On Society

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As a 16 year old schoolgirl, I love social media. As a daily user, my experiences have mostly all been positive. But then again, I would consider myself to be one of the luckier ones. Too many people I know, come out of a social media encounter, feeling a lot less confident prior to the experience. As human beings, we all need to feel connected, to have supportive, loving relationships and the approval of others. Social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and more, have all changed how we communicate and have given us endless ways of connecting with others. We only need to look at the usage statistics for these organisations to realize how popular they are; over 1 billion people are on Facebook every day. For many users,…show more content…
And many of these people may be what is known as "virtual friends." They are not people that have been met in person or that is truly known -apart from what they present online. While some young people may genuinely find someone in the opposite end of the country with whom they might share common interests, too often these relationships end in rejection and a big, big knock down to self - esteem. At another end of the scale, some horrific cases of teenage suicides have started off on social media, with a young person being battered daily with comments as direct as telling them - "You 're a loser, go and kill yourself." Distraught parents are outraged at the treatment that their children are receiving at the hands of social media. After all, they have the world at their fingertips. 15 year old schoolgirl, Amanda Todd from Canada was sexually exploited online and as a result of the tremendous scandal that followed, she took her own life in 2012. The mother of the victim would like to see justice being served. "Trauma just doesn 't disappear", she said. This corruption regarding our younger generation has taken a turn for the worse and the results are detrimental. The Daily Mail in March 2014 commented that social media is an "electronic adjudicator more cruel and judgemental than any parent or teacher
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