Social media is a very popular way nowadays for one to express his or her feelings. Mainly used by teenagers, social media websites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have become popular in the past decade. The goal of users of social media often is to show off how one 's life is going. Social media plays a huge role as to how happy or sad a person is. Social media can decrease happiness by showing the viewer mournful issues, making people feel less appreciated, and the way people interact with each other using these websites.
Facebook provides its users with the ability to keep in touch with friends who have moved across the country or friends who are too busy with their lives and fail to come around anymore. In Aaron Smith 's article, “Why Americans Use Social Media,” he says, “Roughly seven in ten users under the age of fifty say that staying in touch with current friends is a major reason they use online social platforms, and just over half say that reconnecting with old friends is equally important.” Facebook is key for people to keep in touch with their once close friends who are now only virtual friends due to various circumstances. Due to their prior friendship, these people know how to help provide support to one another through the rough times in their lives. These virtual friends still have the ability to provide a support network that can be crucial when getting through a
Majority of the people who I am friends with on facebook are between the ages of 16-50+. I use my facebook social network to get things off my chest and to let family member and friends who I don 't speak to on a regular know how things are with me. The ethos of my social network would be reliable and trustworthy because I tend to only talk about my life and my opinion on things that I have been through. The Pathos of my social network is all over the place for example
For many people it is easy for them to have trust in other, and for some it doesn’t come as easy for them. With the internet and social media taking over people’s everyday lives it is becoming easier for people to take advantage of other people. The documentary Catfish follows a man through an online relationship. The documentary shows how they met, and numerous conversations they had online and on the phone. There was a network of people he had met through the one girl Abby who he originally met.
Social media is defined as the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wiki’s are among the different types of social media. Websites and other online means of communication that are used by large group of people to share information and develop social and professional contacts is also considered social media. There are good effects of course, but on the other hand, it also have negative influences as much as it’s positive side. Social media allows an individual to be aware of the surroundings, but at the same time it makes the person care less with the people nearby.
The effect of internet on social capital Messaging and social networking is the most used internet function, which allows one to communicate not only with their family, friends or colleagues, but also with anonymous people. The internet can supplement face-to-face or telephone contacts. But the Internet may isolate individuals and reduce the time spent participating in social activities, especially if Internet users are mainly engaged in solitary activities (web-surfing, news reading, etc.). For example, Attewell, Suazo-Garcia and Battle (2003) showed that adolescents with a home computer spend less time practicing sports or playing outside. Moreover, face-to face interactions are typically richer than virtual
Georgia Wells, an author for The Wall Street Journal Online, noted, “Months earlier, a user by the name of ‘nikolas cruz’ posted images on Instagram of guns, bullets and a dead frog. Separately, a user by the name of ‘nikolas cruz’ posted a comment on a YouTube video, saying: ‘I 'm going to be a professional school shooter.’” Actions like Nikolas’ should have sparked serious action, but even the FBI did not think his threat was serious enough to do something about. Not only did Nikolas’ prior actions show him to be mentally ill, but they display that he posed a threat to schools. Had another student or the FBI agent who briefly investigated him seen signs like this, measures should have been taken immediately. Going forth from this tragic event, students need to notify someone the second they even hear a rumor.
Ravi tweeted about Clementi’s behavior and watched the webcam footage with a hall mate. Summary: Megan Meier, a 13-year-old Missouri native, started messaging a boy she had never met via MySpace. The comments posted by someone using the account name of “Josh Evans” began friendly but eventually turned aggressive and derogatory. These comments were public and other classmates could read and comment on them. As a result of the cyberbullying on MySpace, Megan hanged herself in her closet.
“The only way to get the respect you deserve is to die.” The computer was empty, except for those last words typed by thirteen year old Alex before he committed suicide. He was cyberbullied by a group of girls, causing his self esteem to plummet. They bullied him for his size and what he could do physically. By June of 2004, he was fed up with all the hurt and pain, so he shot himself in the head with his grandfather’s gun (Anderson & Sturm 1). There are at least 4500 children who feel the same way and commit suicide every year due to cyberbullying (“Cyberbullying Rampant on” 1).
The writer contends that having tablets and smartphones makes it available to engage hazardous activities without even leaving their homes. He also adds that while some parents think that they can follow their children on Facebook, only 15 percent of the children report that they use Facebook. Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram are also preferred by the most adolescents, which creates even more challenging duty to control the children’s online behaviors. According to the survey conducted among 80.000 college students in the U.S, the issue can lead to anxiety, stress, and even suicide, which was experienced on 1.3 percent of the students. Potarazu describes the grounds of such disasters as a pressure from their peers, competition to be the best, and the judgmental environment of the social media.
Imagine you are a parent of a child who commits suicide because they are bullied or dumped by their boyfriend / girlfriend, or they were gay. How would you feel? This is what is happening to teenagers in our generation. Megan Meier of Missouri hanged herself at age of thirteen because she was publicly dumped by her boyfriend. Also, Ryan Halligan took his life at the age of thirteen in New Jersey after rumors spread online that he was gay and Alexis Pilkington of New York got a harassing post on Facebook; even after her suicide, the issue is continued as an example of cyberbullying on a memorial website set up by friends called Giveeverythingbutup.com.