The Impact of Modern Social Networking Technologies on the Lives of Teenagers

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Modern forms of social networking can be a challenge and an advantage for people of any age, this can be particularly so for teenagers. This essay will discuss the positives and negatives of modern forms of social networking in the lives of teenagers today, in comparison to the methods of social networking used in past generations. Firstly, this essay will argue that modern social networking methods can provide many benefits to teenagers today which were not available to past generations. Secondly, this essay will argue that modern social networking methods can lead to increased levels of stress and can have a negative impact on teenagers’ lives in ways that social networking methods available to past generations did not. Thirdly this …show more content…
This may mean that teenagers in past generations would have been less likely to get help they needed.
Teenagers today can have more contact with friends and have more choice in the type of contact they have (Tynes 2007). Teenagers can communicate with their friends face-to-face, through SMS, phone calls, emails, social networking websites, discussion boards, chat rooms, journals, blogs, online games and through numerous other online activities. This gives them greater opportunities to communicate in ways which they find more comfortable. It allows for greater expression, for example, on My Space they can design their page and put up information which they feel describes them best. In past generations teenagers had limited options for communication, predominantly phone calls and face-to-face, with letters written if it was someone who lived a long way from them, or during classes. Although letter writing allowed expression on an individual level, the expression on online profiles, blogs and journals allows the teenager to share this with all of their friends and families, as well as potential friends.
The second argument this essay will make is that many teenagers are always connected, which can have a negative impact on their lives. Teenagers today usually have their mobile phone with them and switched on, this means that people can contact them at any time, wherever they are (Hill 2010). The
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