Social Bullying And Cyberbullying: The Impact Of Social Media

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The internet is arguably one of mankind’s greatest creations. Through the internet many great things are achieved such as social networking. In today’s society having some sort of social media account is almost mandatory as it has become an important communication tool. Social networking is great in many ways it has basically evolved how people connect with each other, allowing them to catch up people who they may have not seen in a while or those who live far away from them, while be able to quickly catch up on current events happening worldwide. As many people are embracing online interaction they are reducing their real life encounters, due to the easiness which comes from social networking. Consequently, social networking has created many …show more content…
Many user of social media sites face some kind of harassment or cyberbullying because of the rift there is between users. As many people who commit these offense online do not know the impact it has on the user, while they believe they are anonymous and that the victim cannot do anything to get back at them. The Clinical Report −The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Family states that cyber bullying causes “profound psychosocial outcomes including depression, anxiety, severe isolation, and, tragically, suicide”(2), from this we can see that social media has a big impact on people’s lives and sometimes it can be very dangerous. Krystine Batcho, also states in the article “Social Media Causing A ‘Distancing Phenomena’ To Take Place” how a lot harassment would not take place face-to-face because of consequence they would face (1), which does not apply online. Furthermore, social media can cause violence. Violence has always existed as people do not always get along, but online media helps propagate hate. People can say whatever they want online due to freedom of speech, but would not in real life due to the repercussion which does not applying online. However there are many instances where people argue online over something meaningless which escalates into serious fights which …show more content…
Many social media users try to gain popularity by gaining a lot of online friends or followers treating it as a number game, in search of online fame while only know about a quarter of them. Many of them become very self-center and attention seeking, giving them negative qualities which make it hard for them to fit into society. A study was conducted at Michigan University to test Facebooks ability to determine if heavy users were more narcissistic and they had found that “young adult college students who posted more often on Facebook and Twitter scored higher in specific measures of different types of narcissism, including personality traits such as being exhibitionists, exploitative and feeling superior. “(5) Which in turn shows how heavy users craved the approval of other and wanting their opinions to be of importance. In addition, many user of social networking sites share too much of their information online. Leaving a lot of your information exposed online leave you vulnerable as someone might attempt to harm you or do something negative to you. Similar whatever you put on the internet is permeant, when you post something online it will most likely always be there and could depending on what it is could change people view of you or harm your chances of getting a job. Social networking

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