The Impact 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 misusing it. Various studies and research have claimed that the age group of 12-24 access social media more frequently as compared to others.
The applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other similar are used to keep individuals updated with the latest trends, gossips, information, and news from all over the world. More importantly, it keeps others up to date with others such as peer’s life. The Internet has made it easier for young generation and even for older people to use social media more effortlessly since just a tap on the screen can you from here to there.
By the author Mark Bauerlein, this generation is labeled as the “Dumbest generation” due to the heavy use of technology. I being in the same age group is aware of the fact that this generation doesn’t use technology for much more than social media, which in numerous ways is similar to misusing technology.
Negative And Positive Influences of Social Media on Youth
There are both the negative and positive influences of social media on youth. The most significant and considerable negative influence is that social websites have become their first priority as compared to other things that must come first such as family, friends, school, and sports. Individuals portray themselves as someone they’re not. Similarly, young individuals might involve cyberbully another peer; which can lead to several things such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Social media is considered as 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 mind towards exploration. It also helps to develop social skills and build friendships through social websites. It is fun using social media while interacting with your friends and colleagues. It is also a way to relax.