Social Media And Social Networking

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Within the past decade, social media usage has increased exponentially, especially amongst adolescents (Blease, 2015). The emergence of social networking sites has provided society with a fast and convenient way to stay in contact with family, friends and even acquaintances. Major social networking sites allows individuals who in the past would have lost touch a front seat to every major life milestone with a simple click of a button. Adolescents being raised today are openly embracing this new technological age, which has never been experienced before. Adolescence is crucial point during an individual’s development that is traditionally challenging. This phase is marked by an urge for independence from the parental unit and the desire to be socially connected. As a direct result, they are highly susceptible to external influences such as peer pressure. Social networking sites have turned into a tool in which adolescents may practice identity exploration. Due to constant exposure, for those who partake in social media, their peers scrutinize their every action. This action serves as an innate behavioral rehearsal response to keep unfavorable and untrustworthy individuals from the pack; therefore every action is under a microscope. In an effort to identify the affects of this communication evolution, psychologists are researching the causal pathways and the effects of social media use amongst adolescents. The foundation for research is based on a study conducted by

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