Cyberbullying is actually a really big issue for kids and teens today. It is easier to get cyber bullied today and to cyber bully than it was about 10 years ago thanks to cell phones. Cell phones and smartphones can connect to the internet and to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where lots of cyberbullying takes place. This is one of the reasons why many parents do not allow their children to have a phone or even a social media account. These parents are afraid of the risks of giving their children access to a phone and/or a social media account.
Teens are most likely wasting time on social media instead of using that time wisely on school work, or things that need to be done. For example, according to an article titled " Social Media Can Be Both Bummer And Boon For The Brain." The University of California, Berkeley 's Greater Good Science Center published a column but within a sort text it said, "Social media platforms have become a huge part of the lives of young adults and teens: 45 percent of teenagers report they use apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day." Also this article states, "When we accept that it is here to stay, we can also see it as a new opportunity for connection and mindfulness." Social media is harmful to out society.
Not many people say hello to others 82 times a day, but through using cell phones and computers, saying hello to 82 people is certainly reachable, and whether this is a good thing or bad thing is where many disagree. Many say contacting “a partner through calling and texting makes people happier and content” (Renstrom). Many will argue the opposite saying “Real-life interactions are dulled” because of our constant use of technology (Renstrom). Technology, especially cellphones and social media, has shaped the way humans communicate in many positive ways. Nowadays, with a click and scroll of a finger, one can see someone’s whole personal life on a social media app, or talk on a cellphone to a family member on the other side of the globe.
Negative impact of technology Society has become excessively dependent on technology which has resulted in reduced physical activity due to people spending a considerable amount of time on computers. The days before technology daily life involved a huge amount of physical activity which today leaves no time for exercise. The lack of face to face communication due to online messaging platforms has created a social divide between people. Gone are the days where we would look forward to a reunion or gathering that has all been replaced with social media and being active on social networks. With everything being a few clicks away there is no striving.
Of the sample, 92% reported using the Internet daily, with 24% of the sample going online ‘almost constantly’” (Mills 2). Social media platforms contribute to the deformation of character among kids and young adults, changes in their cognitive development, and lack of privacy. Social media alters the cognitive development in children and teens. Research done by Dr. Jay Giedd’s claims that the brain is not fully matured until an individual is in their mid-twenties (Kiesbye 34). The platforms create reasons for today’s youth to procrastinate.
We get too attached to our status’ on social media accounts and become so dependent on what's going on in other people's lives. Studies show that we as humans have something called “FEMO” or a “fear of missing out” (Craig 4). Some people think that if they don’t check Instagram or Twitter every ten minutes they are missing out on what's going on. Unfortunately, we start comparing ourselves to others and the lives they are living, thinking they are more interesting than our own. Instead of wasting time wishing our circumstances were different, we should put our phones down and focus on benefitting ourselves and
Melissa Nilles, an Arts & Entertainment editor has stated, “Instead of spending time in person with friends, we just call, text or instant message them. It may seem simpler, but we ultimately end up seeing friends face to face a lot less” (Nilles). This shows that humans nowadays now have less experiences of the joy of true, face to face human interaction, because people text and use phones to talk. Also, Social skills in children are becoming worse from technology. Victoria Cobb, a graduate from the University of Dayton, has noticed that children have less social skills due to technology that they use in day to day life (Cobb).
The question then arises, why do they use services like Facebook which openly violate their privacy? What makes these services necessary? Another study found that the social cost of not using these social media is simply too high. Social media, especially Facebook, are replacing email and phones as the standard way of communication. Those who do not have an account are often left out.
And they can be talk a bad word with the other friends at school, so childhood nowadays not innocence anymore. The second reason, social media can be so addicting. Not only to the child and teenager, but also to the elderly. They can spend an hour or even more than an hour in front of their gadgets for using social media. It can harm our eyes if we look at the gadget for a long time and we have less time with family.
With access to people worldwide, people feel less inclined to form connections in the offline world. The instant connection with others has many benefits, but for some, it causes a cease in the desire to have face-to-face conversations. Studies show that "greater use of the Internet can be associated with declines in communication" (Holmboe 2). People, especially teens, have become obsessed with social media, not leaving enough room in their lives for human interaction. Research proves that as a person increases online activity, he or she spends less time focusing on offline relationships.