Social Media Impact

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Social media is something that has impacted many people’s lives in such a short period of time. Some impacts were helpful, other impacts were ruining lives. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines social media as “forms 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)” This is basically saying social media is a place to show the world who you are. Social media is used all around the world. According to a survey done by Common Sense Media, 75% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have social media and 90% of teenagers have ever used social media. This means the vast majority…show more content…
The websites have been helping people, especially teenagers, in large ways that have made people’s lives a lot better. Social media has helped many friendship. A Common Sense Media study showed that 52% of teenagers said social media has helped their friendships. Social media is letting children communicate with their friends in dozens of ways. This makes talking to friends easier now than it was decades ago. People on social media can call, text, email, send pictures and more to the friends they have, even if the friends are thousands of miles away. Social media means that you do not have to be in the same room as someone to communicate with them. This makes friendships stronger and creates a tighter bond. 29% of teenagers from the same survey say that social media has made them feel more outgoing. This means that social media is making teenagers want to communicate with friends more. If they want to communicate, they will communicate, and this will make teenagers have better friendships. You can now talk to a friend whenever you want, and your friendship will start to grow, because of social media’s…show more content…
There have been many know cases on social media of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when messages are sent online that are considered threatening or malicious. This is something that can happen to anyone, and can be caused by anyone. A survey by PEW research discovered that 39% of teens that they surveyed have experienced cyberbullying at least once in their life. That is over ⅓ of the people interviewed. Cyberbullying is someone abusing their social media privileges. People have tried to stop cyberbullying, but their always people out there who do not listen. People find it easier to say something mean behind a computer screen than in person. This means that social media is creating bullies. Cyberbullying can happen to someone for a short period of time, but it can leave a long lasting effect. There have been teens that have killed themselves because of cyberbullying. Threats are sent online and it can be too much for a teenager to handle. If the teenager was a child before social media existed, their life would not end so quick and so tragically. Everytime I read stories about these children, I think of how social media is the reason for this. Social media is something that teenagers, including myself, use everyday in a positive way can lead to the downfall to someone else.All it takes is one social media message for someone to be bullied and sometimes it is the one message that causes someone to
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