The Effects of Social Media on the Youth of Today Studies have shown that the average person now spends more time each day on their phone and computer than they do sleeping according to Nick McGillivray (“What are the Effects of Social Media on Youth?). Social has become part of our social society, especially for the many youths. There are positives to being on social media and also equal amounts of danger that come with using social networking sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. These social networking sites also have effects on today’s youth by altering the way they behave, the way they learn, in not only a classroom setting but also in the real world setting, and the way that they socialize with their peers and others. In general, the use social networking has many health and developmental benefits for the youth of today. Most teens have online accounts that they use to strengthen their friendships and stay connected with the people around them such as, school friends and teachers, groups they may be involved in, and maybe even family that are far away. Social networking also allows for an outlet to help teens with mental and moral support that they may lack in reality. This is really important especially for the youth who don’t necessarily have anyone to talk to or be there for them. Although one might argue that there are hotlines to help depressed youth, sometimes it’s not the same as having the support from your favorite social media site. Of
In the first place, utilizing Social media consistently has been demonstrated to cause numerous genuine negative wellbeing influences among the adolescent. As indicated by Chamberlin (2011), Rosen 's study on how Facebook and such long range informal communication locales impact the
In fact, the quick, simple access to the Internet causes our generation to spend more time online in our everyday lives. As the years go by, technology advances furthermore every day. Survey research shows the intellectual habits that complement them are slipping. (Source 1) This easy access to the information we can learn from has shaped what our society is today. With these new social media, teenagers are glued to their phone more than ever before. Teens then share their creations and receive feedback from others online. (Source 3) Teenagers feel the need in updating their status every second of every hour. Many times pre-teens just create their social media because they want to blend in with the crowd due
The use of social networking sites is rising at great rates. According to a report conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2012, ninety-five percent of individuals aged 12-17 use the internet; and eighty-one percent of those use social network sites (Pew Interest). Although it is known that social media can have a useful impact on lives, often times people forget that with a positive comes a negative. The continual use of social network sites will impact teen lives more negatively than positively because they can cause huge distractions from valuable and critical pursuits like education; they can also cause mental health issues and a reduction in communication skills.
There is no doubt that everyone has a cellphone these days. With these cellphones comes the access to the social media. You can go to a restaurant or store and you will see everyone from a toddler to an elder glued to some kind of technology in front of them. Because this has become so normal to our generation, most are too occupied to the technology to realize how they are being affected by it. Everyone is using it daily, all day, causing it to impact many people, including the youth of today. Social media and technology can have a positive impact on youth, but it can also have a negative impact.
Nowadays social media have become one of the important part of our lifestyle and has a great influence in our day to day basic activities. Getting more likes and having more followers has become one of the important part of people’s social life. Teenagaers spent most of their time checking Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and many more. According to The Washington Post, “Teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music-nearly nine hours on average, according to a new study from the family technology education nonprofit group, Common Sense Media” (Tsukayama, Hayley). It has also mentioned that social media has negative as well as positive effects on
Social networking provides distraction from everyday life. "Social media is a platform for sharing ideas, information and points of view. This can have important educational value: it extends the information young people can access while also giving them insight
Teen may have been outgoing and fun-loving child, but of late whenever they are seen, he/she are on his/her computer, tablets, and smartphones tapping away at the keyboard. If a teen spends more time on various social media sites than he/she does with real people in real environments, he/she is probably addicted to social media. A teen from Nashville confesses, “He found that he’d login at night, stay on the site until two o’clock in the morning, and then be frustrated with himself for not getting any sleep” (77 Boyd). He felt addicted, he decided to ask his friend to join him in deactivating their profiles, they deactivated their profiles within minutes of each other on the same computer. These teen showed willpower, the decided to take their lives back. “In the United States, media coverage frequently portrays American youth in dark bedrooms with only the glow of the screen illuminating their faces, implying that there’s a generation of zombified social media addicts who are unable to tear themselves away from the stream of content from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram” (78 Boyd) Many teenagers develop an unhealthy relationship with technology, for some the addiction to social media, affects their school work and personal relationship with their family. Although, some may argue, “Most teens aren’t addicted to social media; if anything, they’re addicted to each other” (80 Boyd). Although this may be a valid point, teenagers are still choosing social media instead of picking
Even though social media can sometimes be a good way to communicate because it is fast and easily accessible, it can also be damaging. When it comes time to use the social skills that teens were supposed to learn growing up, they will not be able to use them as effectively. Social media takes away most of the opportunities for people to be thrown into situations where they are forced to use those skills. These abilities would be used, for example, “During an interview, your teen will be expected to think on his feet and respond appropriately. Not being prepared for these kinds of face-to-face interactions can lead to anxiety in children”(Holmboe). When teens are absorbed into their social media all the time, it takes away the experiences that are needed to build a good background. In order to develop a good background while growing up, teens should spend less time on their cell phones, and more time creating face to face interactions.
There are 2.3 billion active social media users (Kit Smith 1). Meaning the majority of people go on social media every day. Social media is almost a part of every teen’s life it’s how they stay connected and meet up with people. But social media may be worse than what most people would think. It’s leading to much worse things for teenagers that they won’t see coming since social media is a huge part of their lives. Social media’s negatives outweigh the positives because it’s causing long-term consequences and impacts teen’s mental and emotional health.
One advantage of social networking is that it is an outlet to a different world. It is a distraction from things that are happening in peoples lives. Even getting help with problems a average teen cannot deal with. Places such as TrevorSpace, where the site gives “young people and their allies a chance to directly support each other” are extremely helpful in such cases (TrevorProject). Other places, such as youtube, help many forget the harsh realties. Watching videos that can make adults and teens laugh at the most horrendous times, and cure boredom on the dullest of days. The distraction you can have while using the internet is almost as great as the connection you gain.
The fact that more teens are sharing their personal information makes them more susceptible to dangerous circumstances. 61% of adolescents have received mean or embarrassing posts online and 59% have received mean texts, e-mails or instant messages (Anderson, Bresnahan, & Musatics). According to Procon.org, “In July 2012 Americans spent 74 billion minutes on social media via a home computer, 40.8 billion minutes via apps, and 5.7 billion minutes via mobile web browsers, a total of 121.1 billion minutes on social networking sites”. Spending this amount of time on social media negatively modifies the individual. Social media has been found to affect its users in many ways; socially, mentally, and physically. “Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children’s brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information” (Procon.org). Social networking sites can lead to stress and offline relationship problems as well as aiding the spread of hate groups. Social media is also very damaging mentally. According to Procon.org, “The use of social networking sites is correlated with personality and brain disorders, such as the inability to have in-person conversations, a need for instant
“There are myths about kids spending time online- -That is a dangerous or making them lazy.” According to Mizuko Ito (Social Networking Benefits Validated). By this statement we know that people are concerned about the impacts of social media interaction in our
Young adolescents effect on social news is negative because they have become dependent on their transportable gadgets. For example, “41% say they are “addicted” to their mobile devices, and 36% say they sometimes wish they could go back to a time when there was no Facebook” (Teens View Their Digital Lives, 2013, p.1). This suggests that teens know that they are becoming addicted to their devices, but they are not doing anything to change it. Wishing that Facebook was not there does not solve the underlying problem that kids need to get off their phones and meet people in real life instead from social news. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, “Americans between the ages of 8 and 18 spend on average 7 1/2 hours a day using some sort of electronic device, from smart phones to MP3 players to computers” (Stout, 2010, p. 2). This proves that kids spend so much time on the electronic devices that they are becoming dependent on them. Most of that time it isn't from learning games only from social networking and worrying about how many followers they have. Social media has been becoming a problem with young adolescents spending 7 and ½ hour is not good for their health and well-beings. In addition to time spent on the computer's, teens are having problems with friendships.
With the internet being so readily available accessing social media is like the flip of a switch in a center. Social media is addictive, think about how much you watch TV sometimes, you get on Facebook and twitter and you see something funny or interesting and one thing leads to another and you’re on there for hours. According to an article in 2015 titled “ Our Social Networking Sites Harmful” states that the internet and social media addiction can be a serious problem. The need to continually play games, use a social phone, or use social media can lead to sleep deprivation, the addiction is real. Some people are always wrapped up in the technology that is present nowadays; they’re always texting, tweeting, and Facebooking.
Social media is an internet based platform where people are involved in social activities and networking. This means it is an integral part of their everyday lives. Social media has drastically changed their lives replacing their newspapers, event pamphlets and even old fashion texting. However, even if it is beneficial, social media has its negative sides for which it should be used limitedly. CNN has reported that teens in United States spent about 9 hours a day using social media. The excess use of social media can affect people of all ages, especially the youth and young adults who are mostly college students. Thus, due to the adverse effects resulting from overuse of social media, it should not be used more than two to three hours a day as it makes people addicted, it affects their academic performance and negatively influences their mental health.