Social Media And Its Effects On Society

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Abby Singer English Composition Professor Abbot 28 January 2017 Many people in younger generations believe that social media and technology are one of the greatest creations. Children, adolescents and even some adults spend almost their entire days on their phones and using social media. People that are always on their phones instead of living in the real world do not realize that it may slowly be doing harm to their mental health and their relationships with people. With that being said, many would disagree with this statement, claiming that social media and texting is actually helping and assisting in making people more sociable and outgoing. Unfortunately, it is a bigger problem than people are making it to be. In todays world,…show more content…
Cell phones, social media and other devices seem to run the lives of children and young teens. They have not learned that they need to at least find a good balance between cell phone use and time in the real world. The fact that people are now growing up spending a majority of their days on their phones and social media is an important issue that people need to learn how to fix and at least be aware of the fact there is a high chance that it will affect their mental health as they grow up. Children living in a world surrounded by technology and all kinds of forms of social media have a much higher chance of being depressed as they get older than people did when iPhones and Instagram were still a relatively new concept. Children are growing up with less and less actual in person conversations with people. A lack of face-to-face conversations affects a person’s sense of empathy (Steyer). This may not seem like a big issue to children but it can strongly influence their personalities and how they chose to treat others. Cyberbullying is a huge issue that needs to be addressed when concerning the amount of use children have on social media and devices. The majority of teen suicides nowadays can be traced back to cyberbullying over social media and text. Coming back to the idea of a lack of empathy in younger children as they grow up with constantly available technology, statistics from people age 13-17 show that about 81% of teens admit to
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