Social Bullying And The Negative Effects Of Cyberbullying

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In the age of social media, people of the millennial generation can often find themselves sucked into their phones. Specifically sucked into social media. In its increasing popularity, social media has taken control of the way that we obtain information, the way that we communicate, and the way that we judge ourselves and others. This begs the question, to what extent does social media have an impact on psychological well-being? Through our continual exposure to social media platforms the gap between the virtual world and reality begins to close, and our lives become consumed by posts, tweets, and likes. Social media negatively impacts the productivity, creativity, and interconnectedness of its participants. Social media hinders productivity …show more content…
According to stopbullying.gov, cyberbullying is defined as bullying that takes place using electronic devices. The most prevalent source of cyberbullying is social media. According to Enough is Enough (EIE) - an organization that aims to make Internet use safer for children and families - 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed forms of cyberbullying on social networking sites and 33% have been victims of cyberbullying. (Source Document A). Cyberbullying has a constant presence on social media today, but many people of the millennial generation can not decipher cyberbullying from sarcasm. It is hard to determine a person’s intentions on social media unless they make it clear that they are seeking someone (or a group of people) out personally. The cyberbullying is often times easy for the bully because they do not see the reaction of the person they bully, so the consequences of their actions are small. In reality, however, the consequences can be life altering to the extent that the victims could go as far as taking their lives or become psychologically distressed enough to require medical intervention (Source Document E). A cyberbullying wants to feel a sense of dominance over the person they bully. We often times see cyberbullying as a battle of popularity as the amount of people to see and like the post can drive a person to do something they wouldn’t normally do. According to …show more content…
Social media isn’t just a place to procrastinate and distract ourselves. Social media is also one of the most efficient ways to distribute and obtain information. Major news outlets, corporations and persons of interest use social media to deliver messages to the masses. With items posting immediately, the public stays informed. Some issues cause controversy, but social media does more good than harm (Source Document F). Social media can also have positive effects on a person’s emotions. In a report published by CNN.com, a group of more than 1,000 13-17 year olds were asked about how they view their digital lives; one in five teens said social networking makes them feel more outgoing, and when it comes to relationships 52% of teens said that it made them better (Source Document C). This proves that social media can be beneficial in ways that go deeper than a materialistic level. Social media must be used in the way it was intended to be used, and we will see change in the way that we feel when we open and close the application. An efficient way to start change is to find balance between making an impact on social media, and making an impact in the real

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