But while numerous parents may feel allayed about their teens’ seeming uninterested in drinking, driving and dating, they could perhaps be overlooking the effects that continuous internet access has on their teens’ mental well-being. In the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?”, Jean M. Twenge compares iGen to previous generations. The smartphone and social media define “iGen”, the generation born between 1995 to 2012. Twenge accuses smartphones for sleep deprivation, anti-socialization, courtship, sexual activities, and poor mental health. The omnipresence of the smartphone affects adolescents in every section of the United States, regardless of social class and ethnic background.
First, social media can destroy face to face communications. When you have a problem it is hard to ignore, be rude, or say no to someone in their face. But it is so easy to refuse people or unfollow them in Facebook, Instagram or twitter and that means all your problems are solved. That means you will not learn how to solve all your problems face to face and how to deal with people in real life. Teenagers are the most risky age because in this age they learn how to interact with people and build relationships.
We live in a world of social media, though it can be a good and bad thing, everywhere you look you can see what everyone else is doing in their personal lives. Social Media apps are taking a huge toll on our personal lives and it’s at great risk that we are filming too much of our lives. With all the positive that social media brings, it also brings a lot of negative to things most important to you such as, your home, your privacy and your teen’s privacy. Have you ever heard of “insta bragging”? Probably not.
These two things have created a sense of dependence in millennial that basically we can say that our smartphones and computers are a part of us. We, as a society have made ourselves believe that popularity in social media is basically the most important thing, having billions of followers, likes or retweets is what makes you someone. These image we have created comes with many pros and cons that shape our character towards social media. R.h Sin says “Social media has made us less social, we see the lives of others instead of living our own, dreaming instead of doing, liking what we see while hating what we do.” (Whiskey words and a shovel). We get so involved in other people’s lives, seen what they are doing and posting, that we forget to live our own.
Studies across the United States show that millions of children under the age of 14 use Facebook, using a fake identity. There is a reason why Facebook has an age limit, because everyone in the world can post what we can see, and what we don’t see. Inappropriate material including violence, menacing messages, and sexual images can appear on the screen for six year olds. A reasonable solution of this case suggested by Dr. Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University states a tech break, in which can help teachers and parents help students increase their attention span. “Educators should start by picking a 15-minute block of time in which students must put away their phones and focus.” Says Dr.Rosen.
One of the biggest issues of online communication is cyber bullying. It is defined as, ‘‘the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others” (Baas, de Jong, and Drossaert, 1). There is so much anonymity online which makes it difficult for cyberbullying to stop. From personal experience, I have been cyberbullied on social media websites like Youtube. People commented hurtful things on my videos, I was fifteen at the time, so I did not tell my parents.
"Infidelity has always posed one of the worst threats to relationships. But today, our digital expertise has led to a disturbing and as yet little understood new form of infidelity: cyber infidelity. people who deliberately communicate in secret through texts, chats, e-mails and dating sites, even though they are in a close real-life relationship." (Wasserman 2015:online). The internet links millions of people in new spaces, online platforms such as Ashely Madison, an online dating service and social web service aimed at people who are married or in a devoted relationship.
Not only does this lower teenagers’ confidence and self-esteem, it directly exert pressure on them. In the scholarly report, “Negative Effects of Social Media on Teenager”, the writer explains the long-term effects of using social media as a teenager and presents a few suggestions to facilitate the situation. One of the main focuses throughout this report is the unreal beauty standard posted all over Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. While many compliment the aesthetic pictures and feed, they tend to ignore the fact that most famous accounts use computer applications, such as photoshop, before posting their final products. These exaggerated beauty standards are indirectly pressuring teenagers to focus more on their appearance and popularity.
With cyber-bullying being a huge issue, it gives social media a bad reputation more often than not. Recently, I read an article about social media, being as harmful as drugs and alcohol to Millennials. In this article, the writer talks about how “a new addiction has emerged: social media.” They talk about addiction referring to any behavior that is pleasurable and is the only reason to get throughout the day. The article talks about social media being more harmful to younger users than older. A lot of people can differ from that.
For instance, every post on Facebook is public and it don’t control over what people say. If you want to check the results immediately, you may realize that if use social media as a strategy, it may unable to track those results until months later. Bad news can go viral as easily as good news and can do your business remediless harm. In June 2010, IT governance group the Information Systems Audit and Control Association released a report for the ranking of viruses and malware, lack of control, brand hijacking over corporate content, unrealistic customer expectations and non-compliance with record management regulations as the top five risks of social media. Advertising are available for anyone in the world to copy unlimitedly, despite of the legal.