Social Media Addiction Effects On Teenagers

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"Let 's take a selfie!" The phrase selfie has become so popular that the Oxford Dictionary added it as an official word. The song #Selfie by the Chainsmokers made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Not only has the rise of selfies taken been drastic but also the rise of photographs taken in general. Mothers post photos of their children everyday, artist post their paintings, and yes, most people post selfies. The rise of social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat all take part of the addiction that is taking photographs. It is most common for teenagers to be taking pictures and videos of their everyday experiences in order for them to post them online but how has this growing addiction affected teenagers? Technology and social media …show more content…
The tendency to "capture the moment" has caused individuals to not live in the moment. As said earlier, social media has become the cocaine, so much so that it has affected our potential of living life fully. Silverman uses the extended example of a concert goer. One who is obsessed with taking low quality pictures and videos to prove that they attend the concert because without "pics", it didn 't happen. One needs to post the experiences within their lives to sense the validation that they are actually living, similar to that validation that is taken from one 's selfie being liked. "The achievement of social-media evangelists is to make this urge- the urge to share simply so the others might know you are there, that you 're doing this thing, that you 're with the person, that you 've had this thought, that you have some urgent opinion on what 's trending- second nature" (Silverman, 47). Citizens are taking so many pictures it is starting to effect our memory. In the same article posted on psychologytoday.com, Linda Henkel at Fairfield University Leda research project were students were told to photograph a few objects from an art museum and to also observe a few. After a memory test, Henkel …show more content…
Teenagers having a high self esteem should be a positive quality, not one looked down upon. Although I grant that teenagers having a high self esteem should be endorsed by society, I still maintain that if that self esteem is built by the number of retweets they get it is identical to not having a self esteem at all. What good is a self esteem if it 's easily taken apart? Today 's youth has grown up with social media so they know nothing else but to be judged by what they post online; they want to projected a certain image to the the world because they forget that there is life off of social media. Not only has technology damaged our children 's confidence, it has also impaired our need for human contact. Less and less people desire to talk on the phone when they can just text, they no longer wish to visit their family members when they can have a thirty minute FaceTime session. Technology has replaced intimacy with a virtual form of it. Technology has not only added to the amount of narcissists, has not only effected ones ability to live in the moment, but has also been hurtful to one 's vocabulary, has also caused insomnia, and has strengthened the "Goggle Effect." Overall technology has been more damaging than

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