The Effects of Online Media on Adolescents

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This world has become immersed in online media from socializing on networking sites to seeking information on search engines. People of all ages have become reliant on online media, but the most engaged users are the younger, more easily impacted generations. Although there are many positive uses for online media, there are many negative uses as well. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for these negative effects to impede upon the perceptions of adolescents. Some countries have been trying to reduce this effect by expelling the inappropriate content of online media ("Influence on Children Media...”). However, in the United States, children are thrown in the waves, expected to stay afloat in this massive sea, but many are being dragged…show more content…
As if advertisements were not bad enough, the sites that these adolescents go to from the Internet can be just as dangerous and influential. Social media sites can be used for anything from finding long-lost friends to organizing business plans making plans with friends. However, for the younger generations, social media sites are used for dangerous, harmful, and unbecoming ways. Adolescents have been known to do many inappropriate things on social media sites such as cyberbullying, looking up adult content, and taking part in child pornography. Although most social media sites have age limits, it is not very difficult for children under this specific age to lie in order to be permitted to access the content. One of the most popular social media sites is Facebook. Facebook has an age limitation of thirteen, but does not require any form of proof, nor have strict repercussions for mendacity. Because of this, many underaged consumers are allowed an account. These young people are then allowed to browse any content that may be inappropriate, on Facebook, along with having contact with any of the over 500 million users of Facebook. Eighty-one million of these profiles are fake. Although many of these fake profiles are under-aged “tweens” as well, many of them are also child molesters, hackers, and
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