Social Media Effects On Teenagers

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The Effects of Social Media to Teenagers
Felice T. Basong

Social media is one of the many products of the upgrade and advancement in technology. It is the reason for many of the world’s problems and solutions. Although social networking may have changed the world for the better, it may also cause interference to students, change the way we interrelate with people, and cause psychological changes. Its history dates back to the 19th century when the internet really kicked into gear and became popular. In the course of this time, ‘computer networking was initially envisioned in the heyday of the Beatles as a military – centric command and control scheme’ (cited in Digital Trends Staff, 2014). But as it expanded, so did the idea that connected
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It is obviously seen that the internet and social media mostly is our source of information when it comes to inquiries. Information stored on the internet has become so prevalent that most of all that we want to know can be found there. Students, most of them, run to the internet to gather data about certain topics to finish their school assignments. Social media has become the fastest and most convenient way to learn about something that you are interested in. Nonetheless, social media, even with a list of positive effects always has some of its negative ones. One of those as I have said, is causing distraction to teenagers, especially the students. In the Time Magazine | U.S. Edition an article called Wired for Distraction: Kids and Social Media, written by Dalton Conley, states that students and people who are heavily involved in social media have "continuous partial attention", which is quoting Linda Stone, a Microsoft Executive. Meaning, their ability to pay attention to one person or thing is nearly impossible; they will always be doing something…show more content…
A lot of teens who spend more time on social media are more prone to mental and physical disorders. A survey from Everyday Health Magazine states that on the statistics, a teenager who spends more time outdoor is generally a happier and healthier kid. Also, Aric Sigman, an American psychologist claimed in the British Journal: The Biologist that “spending too much time online could lead to social isolation, loneliness and a negative outlook.” These psychological symptoms could eventually lead to more serious health concerns such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Suicide is also a great effect of social networking. Due to the trauma and other bad experiences that one has gone through on social media, a person can develop psychological changes. Cases of cyber bulling are so common today and we are aware that bullying is a great aspect of depression which could probably lead to suicide. According to statistics, ‘depression caused by cyberbullying is in fact the third leading cause of suicide amongst teenagers in the 21st century’ (cited Meier, 2011). Victims of bullying most probably would consider committing suicide. The significance of these matters must not be taken casually, and instead should be taken properly and
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