Cons Of Social Media

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Social media has revolutionized the way people communicate with each other. In the wake of its growing popularity for ease of finding and sharing information, this revolution has sparked debate about how much is too much time spent on the internet, and the evidence is mounting that social media can have a troubling and negative impact on a young person’s mental health. There are many different sides to this debate, but two of the more vocal are the parents versus the children, who are spending an increasing amount of time on the internet. Many parents view the internet as a distraction, a way for their kids to waste time, and a way for bullying to happen more easily. However, many young people see the positive sides of the internet and social…show more content…
Before social media, people could not easily communicate with others who did not live nearby, or who they did not see every day. Now people are not only able to stay in touch with friends that move away, but they are able to communicate with people they have never met before from all over the world. In “The Future of Mental Health Care,” the authors talk about how people are now able to have more “peer-to-peer support”, by finding people who are going through the same things as them and sharing their experiences through social media. The authors make another good point when they say, “For individuals with stigmatized illnesses, such as a serious mental illness, social media may make it possible to connect with others who share similar health conditions and to seek or disclose health information without having to reveal one’s personal identity” (Cambridge University). Many people who are dealing with mental illnesses want to get help, but they either don't know how to get help or they don't want other people to know and they avoid telling anyone. Social media allows them to reach out and get help…show more content…
School-lunchroom behavior — gossipy whispers, competition for attention, etc. — now goes on around the clock. There’s no downtime, no alone time for him to develop his sense of self.” Conley points out that the internet has not created bullying; rather, it has changed how it is done. Before the internet, if kids were bullied in school, it would usually end when they left to go home. Now, since kids are always on their cell phones and computers, they can never get away from it, and the bullies now have access to their targets all the
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