Social Media Versus The Teenage Mind

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Social Media Versus The Teenage Mind The world has changed dramatically since the creation of social media sites around the year 2000. Today, people communicate face to face or on the telephone less frequently. Fewer individuals obtained knowledge or information through books, newspapers, or television. With the creation of social media sites like Facebook, society has moved into the digital age where information and communication are just a quick click or search on our phones. Children born after 2000 will only know of a world with social media, a primary example being Facebook. One in seven people have a Facebook page and one of every four minutes on the internet is on Facebook. Left unchecked, Facebook can have grave consequences on a teenager’s physical, psychological, and social development and can lead to cyberbullying. The teenage years are an important part of developing a self-identity. These years are when children began to separate themselves from their parents and form an individual identity of who they are and how they want to be perceived by society. Famed sociologist Morris Rosenberg found that “identity construction involves both identity announcement and identity placement” (Mehdizadeh 357). In the real world, an individual will state who they are (identity announcement), but society determines the placement based upon certain constraints like appearance or background (identity placement). The virtual world removes these obstacles so people can claim to be
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