Social Media And Its Impact On Society Essay

1384 Words Jan 11th, 2016 6 Pages
“Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it” (Shirky). Modern society has an abundance of technology and means of communication, such as social media. Technology and social media have transformed our society; however, are all these transformations good? There are many benefits of technology in our society, but technology also has many negative impacts. I believe there is a lot of truth behind this quote and that technology is becoming a challenge to society. We developed technology and social media to ameliorate society, but is it doing the opposite and destroying our society? Social media has quickly risen to power and gained control over the lives of many Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, from 2005 to 2015 the number of young adults using social media increased from 8% to 77%, and the number of young adults using social media increased from 12% to 90% (“Social Media”). Social media accounts have become extremely widespread in America. The majority of Americans in today’s society now use social networking sites. These Americans also visit their social media accounts very frequently. A study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that 22% of teens visit their favorite social media site 10 or more times a day (“The Impact”). Another study done showed that in July 2012, Americans spent 121.1 billion minutes on social media sites. Social media has become increasingly prevalent in the lives of many Americas;…

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