What Is The Great Plague Of The 21st Century

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The great plague of the 21st century

Smartphones. The reason teens are rude and insecure. Don’t say that that’s just how teens are, blame their behaviour on the addiction to their phones. And it seems like the cell-phone virus has infected every teen I meet. Don’t get me wrong, smartphones are extremely useful and practical, but it seems that teens’ lives revolve around them way too much. Teens cry if they don’t receive many likes on social media, text while hanging out, and scroll through social media while people try to talk to them. The more teens tap their phones, the more it seems like they are losing touch with reality.

Some time ago, I went to a sushi restaurant with a some friends. I was just enjoying my favourite food while
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Wrong. Social media has made self-esteem an even worse issue for teens than ever before. First of all, I have seen teens crying on many occasions because they didn’t get many likes on their Instagram post. Why do they seem to take it so personally, like it’s some sort of popularity test? Every picture that you see on Instagram is tweaked until they are perfect, which distorts reality like a funhouse mirror. Teens shouldn’t build their self-worth on social platforms where peers are praised to be plastic and perfect. Furthermore, teens are now obsessed with Snapchat streaks. If you send one picture to a friend every day on the app, a number pops up beside their name of how many days pictures have been sent. If you miss a day, you lose that number with that friend. And it's like doomsday for teens. If I'd lose my streak with someone, some friends would get worried, thinking that I’m mad at them. It’s just a number. And when I tell people I don’t want a streak with them, since I don’t do any in the first place, they think I don’t like them. Since when does a number determine how much a great friend I am? The time I spend with you should matter. Not a number beside my name. Finally, Snapchat stories are the absolute worst. It’s just about showing off your life to all of your friends. Some people (most) post to pretend that their life is better than it actually

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