Essay on Social Media 's Impact On Young Adults

812 Words Jul 31st, 2014 4 Pages
Almost every person has left a digital footprint on the internet, most being on social media sites. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” Internet started with the first dial up internet system in 1978. The first social media website was founded in 1997, sixdegrees.com with over one million users (Bennett). Today, there are over 200 well known and used websites for communication and connection to others (“How many…”). These social sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. With the amount of accessibility to information and people, the connections can cause negative and long-last time impact on young adults. Over the years, social media has become a cause for a falsified sense of relationships, damaged mental health, and diminished personal privacy in teens and young adults.
Falsified sense of relationships is a sense of closeness to others when there is in fact no genuineness to the relationship and can be at times uncomfortable (Formica). In an article written by Michael Formica, he discusses “social distance” and the impact it has on people of this generation. The social distance is something that is caused by a false sense in intimacy and relationship with someone you have not seen or physically talked to in years. They have posted an event or action on these social media sites, and now the reader…

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