An Analysis Of Kennis Cady's Death Of Social Media

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Social media has become a controversial topic over the recent years. There is a disagreement between people in whether social media can be a good thing or a bad thing to those who use it. Whether it can help or hurt people. Kennis Cady was a twelve year old girl from my hometown who committed suicide because of social media. The things that were said to her and about her over social media became a factor in Cady’s death. This brings up a question about her death; would she have committed suicide if it wasn’t for social media, or would these people still have picked on her during school? The first social media site became public in 1997 and ended in 2001. The first social media site was Sixdegrees.com which allowed people to connect with friends…show more content…
Nowadays, social media use has raised drastically. Social media use from 2013-2014 increased from 42% to 52%. A study that was taken in 2014 showed that 74% of adults used social media (“Social networking sites”, 2015). Thus, social media is a problem all over the world, because it can lead to problems with cyber bullying and violence, communication, and academics. Social media can lead to an increase in bullying and violence. With social media, the violence can now become verbal instead of just physical. Today, teenagers rely on their technology in their everyday lives. These pieces of technology are mostly used to stay in touch with friends and family. They can also be used in negative ways like cyber bullying and an increase in violence. A study that was done found that 93% of teenagers use the internet and 67% have their own cell phone. These numbers keep increasing more and more each year (1). In 2014, fifty-two percent people reported that they have been bullied through the use of the internet. Rumors are spread quickly through social media among…show more content…
This can also change the way that people communicate through these friendships. Many people feel more comfortable sharing things through social media than they are with face-to-face contact. Social media is able to break down barriers and allow more personal information to be shared easily. Many people will post information that they would never call other people just to share if social media did not exist. We are able to see and learn more about people than we were before social media became popular. People feel more comfortable talking to others through social media than they do through face-to-face contact. Nowadays people are willing to meet others through social media sites as an alternative from meeting people through personal interaction (5). A study has shown that more than one third of teenage girls have met people offline after they became friends with them online. This means that people are willing to get to know someone through social media even though they might not be who they say they are. One in every ten of these experiences ended badly. This could range from a stalking incident to rape/death. Not only can meeting face to face cause problems, online friendships and relationships can cause problems too. One in five people have been harassed by their partner through social media or their electronic devices. An abuser is willing to say these cruel things because it
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