As you read I will be going over some side notes that also support my three main reasons and showing you how social media has already changed your life. According to a Newsela article called: Are social media networking sites good for our society? Studies done at PEW Research Center have shown that 89% of social media users experience Phantom Vibration Syndrome. 5-10% say that their urge to respond to Phantom Vibration Syndrome is no longer controllable. Is this really a good thing for people to be experiencing while using social media?
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). As seen by the definition, social media is not limited to applications like Instagram and Snapchat, but also forms such as YouTube videos and websites. Social media exposes teens to a plethora of things to trigger self-harming emotions, the largest one being cyberbullying. While cyberbullying is the biggest offender to social media related suicidal thoughts and actions, other smaller problems include extreme communities and pro-suicide websites and videos. Social media is a huge factor in why more and more teens are committing suicide today, and could potentially get worse in the future.
I believe that social media is indeed harming today’s teenagers. Most people say that social media is responsible for most of the depression in teens. In a study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health in UK, from the 1500 teens between ages 14-24 that were surveyed, most of them showed that social media had a negative effect on mental health. According to the report, the
Dogan, H. et.al, (2015) examined the parenting style as predictor of internet addiction. The sample included total of 419 high school students including 238 girl and 181 boy students. The results revealed that perceived parenting style varies significantly depending on Internet addiction level. Adolescents with partial Internet addiction perceived more democratic their parenting style than non-addictive adolescents; while adolescents with partial symptoms and pathological Internet addicts have perceived their parents more protective-demanding and authoritarian compared to non-addictive
Social Media: How does Social Media affect teenagers? My Question Social Media, it’s all about how many likes, comments, and followers you have on Instagram. How many friends you have on facebook. How many retweets on your Twitter account and so much more. So, I wanted to find out how social media affect teenagers all over the country.
Have you ever thought about the negative effects social media has on the youth of today? Maybe you’ve become so engrossed in social media that you’ve never realised how much time you spend scrolling through Facebook and how that time could be better used? As a teenager myself, I can agree that social media is now part of almost every teen’s life. Despite there being lots of advantages which come with this massive upward trend, it can also be held responsible for causing some of the world’s major problems. These problems are well publicised like cyberbullying and harassment.
In the article titled “Biological and Physiological Reasons for Social Media Addiction” written by Suren Ramasubbu, “41% of cell phone owners say they would describe themselves as “addicted” to their phone”. Ramasubbu highlights the biological and psychological reasons for social media overuse quite frequently, stating that while using social media it triggers three networks in the brain,”the mentalizing network, the self referential cognition network and the reward network”. Ramasubbu argues excessive social media use is difficult to detect and classify as an addiction because it is not fully harmful. He states the withdrawal symptoms are not biological as in substance abuse and addiction. Ramasubbu notes that when the brain is not engaged
Social media users spend a considerable amount of their daily lives interacting through social media. Subsequentially, controversies begin to unfold when cases of health issues as a result of social media addiction start to become an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media fires up a part of our brain that also lights up when we take abusive substances such as tobacco. The more we use it, the more addicted we get. Furthermore, research has shown that people who spend more time on Facebook usually felt worse about themselves as compared to people who spend less time on social media.
CAUSE-EFFECT ESSAY OUTLINE Social Networking Addiction I. Introduction A. Hook/Attention getter: Now most of the young generation are addicted to social networking because of the advances in technology, are you the same? B. General statement: According to Anne Sparrowhawk, 2011, social networking is worked with giving you a communication platform for people to keep in touch with different group of people in your life in a faster way as its primary objective. Lawrence Wilson, 2015 also explained that social networking addiction happened when people link to the social networking sites with spending a lot of time on these sites and this behaviour start disturb and hinder their life.
“Business Insider reports that social networking is the most popular use of the Internet - surpassing email - and smartphones and other mobile devices seem to be the driving force behind this trend since 60 percent of the traffic is from a mobile source. The Global Web Index shows that 28 percent of the time spent online is on social networks. With these type of numbers, some of the time spent on social media occurs at work.” Using social networking without control while worktime contribute to the loss of productivity. What’s worse, people may lose more in reality from the emotional angle. A common phenomenon occurs on family dining or parties.