Social media effect on teenagers

Social media effect on teenagers

Introduction

Social media is bringing together various online channels used for communication meant to bring people together through interaction and collaboration. Some of the communication platforms used includes Instagram and Facebook. The websites facilitate sharing of memories, planning of events, friends get to be connected, and instant communication is achieved.

Initially, people got through to social media by use of computers. As technology evolved, people have an opportunity to access Smartphones whose applications make it possible to reach the kind of information a computer would reach. Upon the invention of the Smartphone, they did not sell well, but as people recognized the benefits that come along with the Smartphone, the purchases went up.  With Smartphones becoming popular, social media adapted some applications which would be able to function easily in Smartphones. Approximately 64 % of the population in the United States use Smartphones for operation, with over 206 million persons using social media platforms. There is also a population who still access information using computers. A large population approximately 76% of people, therefore, use social media. Because social media has not been in use for a while, it comes along with social issues that involve the interaction of people in real life, most especially the teenagers.

First, social media has reduced physical interaction among teenagers and the persons they mostly engage with. Teenagers can access social media at any time they wish to so long as they own Smartphones. Teenagers have therefore developed a tendency of preferring to communicate online because it is much easier. Easier means doing something small that attracts a greater audience. This has created an environment where teenagers have grown to be anti-social. Teenagers are therefore found to be less interactive. More to this, 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 the 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.

Teenagers who are constantly on social media and who do not interact with each other have a problem when it comes to dealing with bullies. They have inadequate know-how when it comes to dealing with whatever is happening to them. They end up shutting down and not being able to face their issues. The absence of the ability to deal with situations that are stressful will pose a great challenge in future once they join the workforce. Dealing with issues at work and learning to accommodate each other at work will be an issue.

Language skills among teenagers have also become poor as a result of using social media. While online, English is somewhat neglected.  Use of shortened information as a means to deliver information quickly is an example. The challenge comes in when the teenagers try to incorporate the use of shortened information into the day to day communication. Social skills of teenagers have decreased because they have a hard time delivering information without the use of colloquial speech. On adopting the use of slang, people who do not use or understand its use will often feel out of place.

Social media has reduced etiquette among the teenagers. Social media limits what a speaker may mean to say and the tone which the person is texting uses may come out wrong. By using social media, politeness and good manners is losing its meaning. Teenagers risk this extending to the workplace even shortly. Teenagers may use wrong vocabulary when showing emotions.

Social media causes cyberbullying among teenagers. Teenagers found to be having emotional distress are found to perform less in their social life. Instead of putting the focus on important matters in their life such as making friends in real life, they work to make their online presence more reputable and repaired. This mindset reduces the ability of teenagers to make friends because they have a belief that people surrounding them at school and home may judge them in the same way social media does. They, therefore, avoid bullying by being less interactive. They also have a challenge when it comes to quitting social media. Reliance on social media for happiness and feeling of accomplishment can be disappointing and may lead to esteem issues.

Social media often acts as destruction for teenagers. They spend much of their time concentrating on what is currently happening on 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 the phone (Baruah 12). This affects them because they will hardly create stable relationships among themselves. 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. Teenagers are also found to build romantic relationships online which will never work and are temporary in most cases.

Social media also affects teenagers’ performance in their class work. Most of the teenagers end up spending so much time in social media and put less emphasis on 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 depends 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 decide to meet up with such a person, they are putting a risk on their security.

 

Work cited

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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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