Social Media Downfall

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According to Pew Research Center, the use of social media has steadily risen across all age groups in the past 10 years (Pew). Throughout the United States, teens and young adults face the constant innovation of social media and apps that continue to shape the way they live their lives. From an outsider perspective, social media seems to be a great way to develop interactions between kids everywhere and help them communicate with new friends and associates. However, there are many downfalls to social media that are hidden from the general observers view. For reasons that include, the lack of productivity, the false sense of friendship and reliance, combined with cyber bullying and all the negative health consequences shine a spotlight on social …show more content…
Social media is intertwined in all aspects of teenagers’ lives from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ESPN, Tumbler and multiple others, as these sites often distract and decrease the productivity of their work. According to Mashable, "You may think it 's harmless to check a tweet or respond to a personal message on Facebook, but it will take you 23 minutes to get back on track. A social media interruption occurs every 10.5 minutes on average, and people waste 41% of that time on Facebook” (Media and Productivity). As mentioned, it may seem innocent to take a slight break from work to check in and respond to a minor message, but the continuance of this pattern will impact all aspects of their lives when it comes to GPA and lost productivity in the workplace. Using social media in the workplace comes with a cost. According to Mashable, it is costing the US economy nearly 650 billion dollars a year, which on average costs companies $4,452 per social media user they employee (Media and Productivity). Now people can point to the fact that this is just in the workplace, but the use of social media by teenagers and young adults also affects their GPA and the knowledge they failed to obtain when they …show more content…
As mentioned in an article, “social media allows for bullies to hide behind their computers, detached from the impact their words have on their victims. Similarly, social media allows for a void between one’s actions and consequences” (Social Media and Mental Health). This problem has become apparent due to the fact of how easy the internet has made it for individuals to create and use social media accounts. A specific example, that leads to cyberbullying and suicide was the site Ask.fm where it allowed for individuals to ask each other questions anonymously (Social Media Cyberbullying). There needs to be more safety efforts put in place to avoid these kinds of disasters, as cyberbullying is here and it looks like it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, as social media continues to grow every day. Studies have shown that between 89 and 97.5 percent of teens who use social media have a Facebook account and found that about 23 percent of teens have been bullied through the site (Social Media Cyberbullying). In general, it is too easy right now for social media users to go online and bully from behind a screen without major consequences. As a society, we must take the steps to help stop cyberbullying, which will help lower the depression and suicide

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