Too Much of a Good Thing Essay

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Today’s generation of children and adults should be wary of the potential dangers of social media and texting. Originally, social media websites had the potential to help people stay connected. Using social networking sites, texting, messaging sites and other forms of mobile technology to interact socially is social media (Stephens). Moreover, texting had always been a helpful tool in emergencies but people have become more and more irresponsible. In recent years, social media and texting have proven to be hazardous to relationships, to be the creator of unwanted attention, and to be a great contributor to people’s ignorance of the harmful effects of their actions. While more people are pulled into the world of social media, many are left…show more content…
Cyberbullying is an example of social media gone wrong. Cyberbullying includes sending harassing text messages, posting inappropriate messages on social networks, and uploading embarrassing pictures or videos on the Internet without one’s knowledge or permission (Hinduja and Patchin 614-21). Cyber bullying is a direct result of social media and illustrates that if it is used wrongly, it can destroy one’s life. In addition, it also destroys one’s self-esteem. Self-esteem consists of one’s belief about his or her personal value and how well (or badly) they are integrated in the social world (Hinduja and Patchin 614-21). The most alarming aspect about cyberbullying is the “Cyberbully” remains “virtually” anonymous (Hinduja and Patchin 614-21). Many people use social media sites to misrepresent themselves; the popular television show Catfish centers around two men doing detective work to find the underlying cause of who the other person in an online relationship is. While social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are popular methods for adults and teenagers to stay in touch, it has also attracted a dangerous audience (Haney). Pedophiles also use social media and texting to their advantage. A journalist for the Mountaineer, shares an interview with a local sheriff North Carolina, in which he states: If you let your kid have unsupervised access to Facebook, you are doing nothing different than
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