Cyberbullying: The Consequences Of Social Bullying

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In this day and age most kids have some sort of social media. This could include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any of the new apps coming out every day. At first glance these forms of entertainment seem harmless, a simple way to stay communicated with the world around us, but when you take a look at the psychological effects social media has had on this generation, the results will make you think again about posting that picture of your lunch. This generation has gotten so caught up in a virtual reality world, that many forget what it is like to socialize with other human beings face to face. The hardest part of analyzing situations to which we are close to, is being objective, sometimes making it hard to see the root of the problem. Social…show more content…
Social media is a dangerously easy platform for bullying—which is more commonly known as cyberbullying, as it is not done in person but through the cyberspace. Because there is now the ability to be anonymous, many kids no longer fear speaking out harsh and cruel words towards others. There are many outcomes that come as a result of cyberbullying. People can become depressed, angry, and frustrated. Many bullied kids have reported losing interest in school, activities, friends, and some even have suicidal thoughts. Bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. Not only does this affect mental health but the deterioration of the physical health comes because of misuse of social…show more content…
It is very easy to lose track of time and get carried away. Using your phone late at night can really mess with your sleep schedule. Phones omit a certain wave length of blue light which can delay the release of sleep-inducing melatonin. Without melatonin our brains take longer to put us to sleep. Not having a good sleep schedule can have catastrophic consequences. A sleep deprived person can lose focus while driving or become irritable. On social media we also see many unrealistic pictures of what we are supposed to look like, what we are supposed to own, who we need to be hanging out with, things that can slowly dent someone’s self-esteem. Clarissa Silva, a behavioral scientist, conducted many interview with both men and women and reported the following: “60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way, 50% reported social media having negative effects on their relationships, 80% reported that is easier to be deceived by others through their sharing on social media”. Young kids look at those pictures and will try their best to achieve what they have observed, because that is what they think is

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