Negative Effects Of Social Media On Teens

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The Negative Impacts of Social Media on Teens “In the United States, media coverage frequently portrays American youth in dark bedrooms with only the glow of screen illuminating their faces, implying that there’s a generation of zombified social media addicts who are unable to tear themselves away from the streams of content from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram” (Boyd). This quote states how teens are addicted to social media, and how it is a problem in our country. Social media has put a negative impact on teens lives, with it affecting their public image and taking away from things that are more important. The Impact of Social media is both positive and negative, but the negatives weigh out the positives. The time teens spend on social…show more content…
Another concern for teens is how far they will go to get likes. Teens love when their social media receives praise, so there are risks to the content teens are being exposed to and the levels of cruelty or danger. Along with that point, social media can seriously affect a teen emotionally: “Facebook depression, defined as emotional disturbance that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, is now a very real malady” (Ramasubbu). There are some names for the results of the effects of how teens are being negatively impacted by social media like “Facebook depression”. Facebook is a very well known social media site and the name used to describe when teens are becoming depressed in a way from the time spent on social media. An example would be spending time scrolling through a phone and seeing how others are living their lives thinking less of your own. Not only is social media a problem because of the time teens spend on it but also because of the issues of social media with cyber bullying. Teens are more confident behind a screen rather than face to face and having all these platforms where you can communicate with others makes it easier for them to say things to a person they wouldn’t say to their…show more content…
In today’s society “teens are masters at keeping themselves occupied in the hours after school” (Ehemke). With social media, teens have more things to keep themselves distracted like scrolling through Instagram or sending chats on Snapchat and it takes away from more important tasks like homework. Some of the most popular sites like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter are most popular among teens along with Facebook, Tumblr and so many more (Social Media). There are a plethora of sites for teens to use daily, enough to communicate in different ways, in all ways except face to face. There is a big concern that technology is affecting the way adolescents communicate. The biggest role played in this is social media: “Modern teens are learning to do most of their communicating over a screen rather than face to face” (Effects of Social Media). Social media is a place where teens can communicate and this can take away from confidence in human interaction face to face rather than screen to screen. Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adar says, “teens are lacking critical social skills due to social media that is now the main way of communicating” (Effects of Social Media). It has been proven that real life social skills are fading away from teens lives. Teens feel much more confident when talking behind their screen when they have time to think about what to say instead of being put on the
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