social media

social media

Over the years, teenagers have incorporated social media into their lives. Social media is a platform where teenagers get to engage and communicate with each other via technological devices. They communicate through photos and messages they post. Some of the social media sites are Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.  I believe that social media is most likely to affect face to face conversations among teenagers because communication and socialization skills of the teenagers are affected.

Some of the strengths of carrying out the research on this topic are that being an issue that constantly affects the teenagers; it is easy to find the information. Different people have opinions concerning the subject.  Problems which may be encountered are issues such as inadequate fund and resources and there might be cases where teenagers do not feel like participating on issues involving them. If I had more days to carry out the research, I would place my focus on the empirical part of the project I intend to write. This is going to be important in because it will help me focus on the various trends. The question I intend to have an argumentative essay on is if social media affects face to face conversations among teenagers.

Social media has made teenagers believe that one does not need to meet up with the other person for them to communicate effectively. Having a conversation on phone using any social media platform is therefore found to be enough for them. This has constantly reduced the importance of having to meet up even when important cases come up.

Social media often acts as destruction for teenagers. They spend much of their time concentrating on what is currently happening in the various platforms (Rai 11). As a result, they are unable to concentrate in class, in churches and even in family meetings. In a situation where teenagers are sited together, it is very hard to find them engaging in conversations. Most of their attention is always on phone (Baruah 12). This affects them because they will hardly create stable relationships among them. Friendships bonds which are often created through one on one conversation are therefore weakened (Burke 46). As a result, teenagers have a hard time creating and developing trust among each other.

Social media also affects teenagers’ performance in their class work. This is because most of them end up spending so much time in social media and put less emphasis in to class work. There are also cases where teenage students carry phones to class and instead of being attentive to what is being taught, they focus on what is happening in social media (Ahn 15). Teenage students also end up not finishing home works and assignments given to them by their teachers. They end up having poor performance. This is risking their future because they are the people that the society depend on to be productive.

The safety of teenagers is put at risk by use of social media. Social media creates an avenue where teenagers get to meet people from different backgrounds, countries and walks of life. Friendships develop as a result of such. However, as much as friendships come of it, teenagers risk their safety when the friendships reach a point where they have to meet up. There are people whose intentions are not pure and are out to endanger the lives and security of others. In a case where a teenager chooses to trust and choose to meet up with such a person, they are putting a risk on their security.

Work cited

Ahn, June. “The Effect of Social Network Sites on Adolescents’ Social and Academic Development: Current theories and controversies.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol. 62, no. 8, 2011, pp. 1435-1445.

Baruah, Trisha D. “Effectiveness of Social Media as a tool of Communication and Its Potential for Technology Enabled Connections: A Micro-level Study.” International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, vol. 2, no. 5, May 2012, pp. 1-10, www.ijsrp.org/research_paper_may2012/ijsrp-may-2012-24.pdf. Accessed 26 Oct. 2017.

Burke, Moira. “Reading, Writing, Relationships: The Impact of Social Network Sites on Relationships and Well- Being.” Carnegie Mellon University Research Showcase, vol. 185, 2011.

Collin, Philippa, et al. “The Benefits of Social Networking Services.” Home | Western Sydney University, Aug. 2011, www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/476337/The-Benefits-of-Social-Networking-Services.pdf.Accessed 26 Oct. 2017.

Rai, D. G. “Impact of Social Networking Sites (SNSs): Are Youth affected by its usage?” Issues and Ideas in Education, vol. 5, no. 1, 2017, pp. 11-24, doi:10.15415/iie.2017.51001.

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