Negative Essay: How Social Media Affected Our Society

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Social Media, “forms of electronic communication…through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (Social Media).” Doesn’t this sound wonderful? Well, that is what some people think. It gives people opportunities to express themselves, and tell others how they feel about certain topics or ideas. Businesses can use it to advertise products they are making or selling, and it can be used for entertainment by playing games with friends and family. Most of those things sound interesting and fun, but aside from that, social media has ruined lives, relationships, and society in many ways. Another way social media has affected our society is by creating an additional way to bully; cyberbully. …show more content…
Social media has driven many people into depression, because she or hes confidence has been ruined by the thoughts and opinions of others. Sometimes those people put those hurtful thoughts and opinions into actual words on their social media page, and make the other person question the value of their being. In other words, this is called cyber bullying. It is “when a child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phone.” It is one of the most talked about issues throughout the entire world. According to an article about cyberbullying, “over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyberbullying …show more content…
To be accepted in high school by peer students, it seems like the students have to be stylish, good-looking, and popular. Many students struggle with this, because not every person has the money or the opportunities to have nice clothes, a nice house, or a nice car. The students who do have those things take advantage of it and make fun of the students who do not have those materialistic possessions. Some forms of bullying are easy to catch or see. Physical or verbal bullying can easily be seen or heard, so they may be easier to stop. Cyberbullying is not always so simple. Cyber bullies feel as if they are anonymous. They can sit behind a computer screen or a phone as a fake name or number which allows them to be more destructive, because they think there will never be consequences from their actions. If they do not receive those consequences, they will continue to attack their victim. Sometimes this can be so overwhelming for the other person, they eventually see no hope that anything will get better, so they choose to self-harm or end their lives. Karen Peart of Yale News states that “bullying victims were two to nine times more likely to report suicidal thoughts than other children were.” It is very hard for the victims of cyberbullying to defend themselves, and that is why these types of bullies have so much power. Online bullies are so popular because they can

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