The Dark Side of Social Media

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Tweeting and friending used to conjure up images of birds and human contact. Tumbling meant rolling down a sloped hill and “Myspace” referred to the personal area one called his own. Today, all these words revert back to one image: humans spending unlimited amounts of time in front of a computer screen, “socializing.” The generations that precede the current are always looking for an outside force to blame for the corruption of youth, and today social media takes the cake. This corruption has been the increasing cause of clinical illnesses, behavioral changes, and suicide. The invention of the internet brought many exciting avenues to investigate. World Wide Web users quickly realized that they could easily make…show more content…
Most know the dangers of bullying, but now there is a whole new level, one that makes it extremely hard to find who is responsible. "Technology is an extension of what goes on in the real world. Bullying was around before the Internet, but cyberbullying makes it easier," said Dr. Brian Primack, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Gordon 2). Social media sites allow users to express as much of themselves as they would like, and be proud of it. Many teens who are too shy to talk in class feel more comfortable sharing their personal interests on these sites, and set themselves up for ridicule from bullies. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community is particularly targeted by cyberbullies facing hurtful posts, pictures, and videos. Many cyberbullies are bullying for the last laugh, and certainly get the best of their victims. Some have pushed others as far as committing suicide, or coming close. Social media allows teens to feel safe and secure behind their computer screen, giving them permission to say things that they would never say to ones face. These sites allow bullies to be cowards and win. The corruption has seeped into the classroom as well. “The more media they [students] consumed per day, the worse students they were. If they checked Facebook just once during 15 minutes, they were worse
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