Hi my name’s Jin and today I want to talk to you about the effects of social media on teenagers as majority of the populations is using it without the knowledge of what goes around with social media.
You wake up and look for your phone. It’s not connected to your charger. You start panicking. You remember you were scrolling down facebook as you tag your friends on a meme that you know your friends will laugh emoji on. You start looking around the bed. It’s not there. As you shuffle around looking around you found it the moment you check under your blanket. I’m sure that at least few of you can relate to this story because I also can relate to this story. Or perhaps as you open your book and you suddenly become drowsy and you get yourself in trouble at class for sleeping. These are some of the examples that I could name from misused social media and devices.
Everyday people such as you and I are using hours and hours on social media looking at so called memes and selfies. When you wake up, when you come after school, breaks in between studying, before sleeping these are just some of the times that people go on their social media. All these hours spent scrolling down and typing on a post that everybody can access. Everyone enjoys it but is it that important that we sacrifice our “real” social life? What are the positives and negatives of using such imperfect media platform?
Teenagers like you and I or even grown ups these days depend on the media for information upto latest news. Media is setting the mindset for teenagers. Before media was invented normal teenagers would spend average of 4 hours being active but these days it’s been completely swapped around, as teenagers these days spend 4 hours online. Also teenagers these days usually end up having sleepless night as they spend their time on media instead of sleeping without the parents knowledge. Sleep deprivation could lead to such problematic disruption such as insomnia, mood swings and increase rate of obesity.
Studies have also shown that teenagers are prone to violence as videos from media, TV and music video are influencing these teenagers. These bad habits are to be seen “cool” to teenagers. This has caused a lot of problem as teenagers are picking up bad habits such as drugs and alcohol. Also spending to much time have led the students behind on their school work.
Advertisements are one of the main problem as the models they use always have so called ‘”desirable and perfect body” that everyone should strive for. As teenagers try to imitate them they rather become discouraged or depressed getting to know that so called body type isn’t something that everyone can achieve. At worse occasions people are getting body shamed and racist as they are far away from that ideal body type.
Teenagers are also getting bullied in social media. Teenagers who have experience of this would often be depressed and have hardships from emotional disorders. Some bullies that went to far even ended up making other people commit suicide as they find this too much to handle from all the negativity and stress.
Some social media such as snapchat always makes the user to take a photo to send someone a message. When they run out of ideas it always leads to using someone else as a figure for the photo. Lots of people get irritated that they are in a photo without getting the consent which is also very problematic.
Also usage of social media these replaced physical activity and socializing time. This also made the teenagers more anti social because they spend their time on social media thinking that it’s actually social.
These are the basic effects about social media so why do we use it? It usually ends up hurting people in some way. But that doesn’t mean it’s always negative. Social media always have on educational, inspirational and relatable videos to help you at times when you need it. Media also let’s users connect from one place to another no matter where it is. This lets socially awkward people or shy people easier chance to talk to others pushing their self esteem that could lead to normal social life.
However this shouldn’t let the users to have such wide range of time as more hours they spend on social media it always leads to negative issues. Because media could be so impactful positively and negatively based on how it’s used, I think teenagers should have a learning programme during their school times to learn what could possibly happen based on how it’s used to educate them. This could help a lot of teenagers to take the right path for their brighter future. What will your decision be? Will you be the brighter future with me?