Social Media: Affects Relationships As technology progresses more and more, there have been great changes that have made our lives more easy and efficient. There are many advantages that technology has brought upon us, one in particular is the Internet. The Internet has allowed people to be connected quickly to information and be updated to the issues and happenings around us, but the social networks that have been invented to allow long distance connection have been resulting in negative outcomes for society and our generation. Social media gets in the way of building actual relationships, makes people become inauthentic about their lives and lowers their self-esteem, and has become a dangerous and threatening nature. During these days, it seems as if nobody can live without checking their social media accounts, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
You’re sitting in your bedroom working on algebra homework; your phone lays on the nightstand and your laptop is open to a textbook. Drake raps through your Bluetooth speaker when suddenly your phone begins to buzz and ring. You snatch your phone off of the nightstand and see that your girlfriend has posted a selfie on her Instagram page. Suddenly you’re off track, and it will take minutes for you to regain focus. This extremely typical scenario is all-too familiar to the average teen, and reflects the idea that technology is negatively affecting millions of global citizens.
The growth of social networks in recent years has changed the way internet is experienced by the majority of end users. Social media is based on the idea of how people meet and interact with others. Gives people the power-sharing, make the world more open and connected to them. Social networks have a decisive influence on our life because it helps a lot in all areas of political, economic and educational life. People watch billions of videos on YouTube every day.
Social media is an easy access platform that allows users to create and share information and to get involved in social networking. Not only can they create their own accounts, but they also get a chance to get connected with others. The reason as to why society nowadays are glued to social media is because of the attention they receive, regardless of whether it is good or bad. It is undeniable that social media is one of the main reasons that has made a huge impact in our lives, especially the younger generation. Teens who use social media on a daily basis come across bullies, experience depression, and other emotional disorders.
Did you know that Google has answered over 450 million unique queries since 2003? Social media has always been a platform for answering and sparking new ideas for millions of people around the world. It is the driving force of almost all ideas in the minds of innovative people around us. Social media has really arisen as a positive force in the world through all that it has done in society. If you thought that social media was just a platform to spark new ideas you thought wrong.
It has made it easier for companies to target a diverse market, as social media is directed to the general public. Social media has latterly invaded the world, people these days could not imagine living without a source of social media; it has subjugated people’s minds and embraced them into something trivial. People have always been sociable; they have always felt the need to communicate with one another, but distance has made it enigmatic. However, the Homo sapiens are intelligent creatures and are very creative. “Throughout history, people came up with various ways of communicating: through post, pigeons, telegraph, light signals and telephone.
On average, 19 teens commit suicide everyday (AFSP 1). That equals roughly 7000 deaths each year. The leading cause of suicide in teens is mental health issues, like depression, which is directly linked to things like the brain chemistry, home life, and social media (Tracy 1). Teens who use social media are 13% more likely to feel depressed and attempt suicide than those who do not (Chen 1). As defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, social media is a “form of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos),” (Merriam-Webster 1).
Social media has led more people to commit suicide and fall into depression than ever before. Believe it or not, social media has not just caused it, but it has also recommended it. Right now there are over 240 websites about how to kill yourself (Am J Public Health), which in my opinion is shocking, because why on Earth would anyone ever want to create or use a website like that. No way should someone ever suggest suicide more so encourage it to the world’s youth. Another way suicide has been
The constant checking update on smartphone has interrupt teenager’s sleep and even cause insomnia. In “How does smartphone” (2015), the article explain that the teenager who keep tracking for social media update and message do not get a good sleep at night. Next, the smartphone addiction can affect teenager’s studies. Teenagers who are addicted to smartphone will find themselves hard to focus on their studies. The games on smartphone required them to keep online and playing so that they can clear the stage in those games faster.
This has enabled their use in the tools and software’s that can improve the quality of life of people. It has also led to the change in the perception of life for more than 70% of the population in the world. In addition, this has increased the growth and development of industrialization leading to better use of resources and increased production in agriculture. However, there are negative effects of using the Internet, especially for the teenagers. The Internet has become an obsession for people; as a result, it has promoted health problems for the most frequent users of the Internet.