Negative Effects Of Social Media On Young People

1337 Words 6 Pages
Elsa Glover
HUMN 1201
Professor Huckabee
3 December 2015

The concerns about young people and their use of social media have begun to rise as more and more are taking part in it. Social media is a term used to describe the communication between people in which they create, share, and exchange ideas over the internet. It has gained a large number of growth and popularity and is most attractive to teens, young adults and even children. From a young age, children are growing up surrounded by smart devices and social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, making it a vital aspect in their lives. Smartphones, iPads and laptops and anything internet accessible makes social media inescapable and social sites are growing each day. According
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The term narcissism originates from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a good looking young man who becomes hopelessly enamored with his own reflection in water. Narcissism is based around the fear of failure, being seen as weak and an unhealthy drive to be seen as the best from feelings of inadequacy. Studies are now showing what many people have already seen: We are living in an increasingly narcissistic society. Our society 's shift towards instant gratification appears to be having a negative effect on children. According to Hawk (2015), "From a self-image failure perspective, narcissistic adolescents who feel socially disempowered might engage in exhibitionistic disclosures on social media sites" (p. 72-80). Users tend to spread their timelines with only the most attractive bits of news about themselves. This "news" can either be an overexaggeration on the truth or not true at all. Of course, this is not always the case, but picture that so many social media users paint can cause their friends to feel like they need to one-up each other and make their lives look more happy or interesting than they really are. This is done by oversharing pictures and statuses about "great news" that might receive the most "likes." While many people would agree that social media promotes narcissistic behaviors, Richard Eibach argues that, "These complaints are the same ones …show more content…
They were on every news channel, with the parents and siblings pleading for the safe return of the kid. A few days later, it was revealed that was a lie orchestrated by the father to gain attention and "possibly a reality show.” Their son was hiding at the family 's house the whole time. These days, people believe they can become instantly famous. Too many people have been going to great lengths to achieve fifteen minutes of fame. For people who feel a deeper love of sharing, with the intention of fame, the most accessible platform to be able to do this with Youtube. We all see it every day, people putting themselves all over YouTube for a few hundred comments, people telling and making up crazy stories for attention, and even exploiting their children. Greenwood (2013) notes that “clinicians have noticed that the pervasive need to post, tweet, and telecast the self

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