The influence of social media has brought about many positive changes, such as making it easier to communicate with others and access information, it has also had a significant impact on our society and culture.
The Influence of Social Media
In this fast-growing world, the internet is the most effective source and easiest way to access than ever before. This certainly leads to the misuse of the technology that we are provided with but not everybody misuses it.
Various studies and research have claimed that the age group of 12-24 access social media more frequently as compared to others. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat keep people updated on current trends, news, gossip, and peers’ lives.
By the author Mark Bauerlein, this generation is labeled as the “Dumbest generation” due to the heavy use of technology. Generation nowadays often prioritizes social media over important things such as family, friends, school, and sports.
Negative And Positive Influences of Social Media on Youth
There are both negative and positive influences of social media on youth. The biggest negative impact is that social media has become their top priority over important things like family, friends, school, and sports.
Individuals portray themselves as someone they’re not. Similarly, young individuals might involve cyberbullying another peer; which can lead to several things such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Social media is considered a very influential temptation, so it can addict people and begin to start distracting the young generation.
However, there is numerous positive influence on youth. Social media keeps friends and families connected at times when they’re not always able to see each other especially when they desire to. It has also kept everyone up to date with things that are going around all over the world.
Moreover, it has given several individuals a platform to express themselves publicly and it opens minds towards exploration. It also helps to develop social skills and build friendships through social websites. Additionally, it is fun using social media while interacting with your friends and colleagues. It is also a way to relax.