Social Media

1185 WordsJun 10, 20135 Pages
How Computers Affect Teen Lives? Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every 40 seconds. Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care, and it has generally been found that those who post suicide notes online tend to not receive help. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are known to cause a lot of the suicides. Social media is made up of web sites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional relationships. Social media are harmful to society because they lead to cyber bullying, cause low…show more content…
According to Dr. Harry Brandt, “Facebook is making it easier to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else.” Facebook offers the perfect opportunity for teens to compare themselves to their friends and acquaintances. “Studies have shown that the more time young women spend on Facebook, the more likely they are to develop an eating disorder.” (Walton). It is also more likely for a young woman to have a low self-esteem if she spends a lot of time with someone who has the perfect body or qualities that they desire for themselves. Both young women and men have said that they compare themselves to others when they are on Facebook viewing photos or status updates. Opponents to my position would argue that social media, mainly Twitter, is beneficial to communication. According to Bill Keller, “Twitter is a brilliant device – a megaphone for promotion, a seine for information, a helpful organizing tool for everything from dog-lover meet ups to revolutions.” He is suggesting that Twitter is extremely useful in many aspects, such as self-promotions. It is an excellent source of all different varieties of information and can be used to organize events and bring people together. “Twitter’s more fluid and anonymous setup, teens say, gives them more freedom to avoid friends of friends.” Teens find it easy to tweet their feelings and their daily routines to their close circle of friends rather than their hundreds of friends and

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