Social Learning Theory In Social Media

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In the first two years of life, a newborn’s brain triples in size which is why early experiences are of the utmost importance when considering the early stages of development in a child. With the 21st century, Media has spread to every corner of this world. Children, still only 3 years or older, now have access to various technologies and are bombarded with information at a rapid rate. Televisions are now present in every household and are watched by not just adults but also by children. In 2009, the Nielsen Co. reported that children’s viewing had reached an either-year high. Children ages 2 to 5 watched TV for more than 32 hours a week. Uzoma (2017). The new technological revolution has also brought with it’s the age of Social Media. Media,…show more content…
In context of media’s effect on children, this theory plays a vital role in laying the framework for our understanding of this topic. This theory suggests that the human mind is likely to be influenced to learning from daily interaction with others and observation. As mentioned earlier about children’s constant interaction with the virtual world (Social Media) and Television, this exposure leads to children picking up many of their characteristic traits and develop further as they mature. The Negative effects of Television Televisions are a common staple in almost every household. The news and information being provided to varied audiences has increased drastically with the introduction of multiple news outlets and entertainment channels. Television can be seen to have the following negative effects on…show more content…
They get constantly manipulated by photo shopped images and by relating to such content, they can struggle to cope with such idealized standard of beauty which a modern society encourages. Individuals on socials media are constantly trying to depict a picture of perfection and lure other people with a false sense of reality that they successfully hide. However, a child is not usually concerned with getting to the bottom of a story and tends to admire and follow things for their face values. This distorted version of reality can seriously damage their interaction in daily lives and make them struggle with unreal standards. Positive Impact of Media on Children Despite of the negatives, Media undoubtedly can have a very positive impact on a child in numerous ways. Television provides access to dedicated educational information through which can stimulate active learning in a child and can help them pick up new forms of arts. TV shows such as Sesame street provided educational content to children in ways that are appealing to children and they are able to learn quickly because of the flashy/colorful imaging that captures their attention. Another positive aspect of television viewership by children is that they can become aware of the harmful effects of substances with advertisement that provide information about Alcohol Abuse and Drug
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