Essay Teens And Internet Moral Panics

1340 Words Nov 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Teens and Internet Moral Panics Technology has become an essential part of the everyday lives of people. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are becoming a popular trend and young teenagers are introduced to a world of interaction through technology. However, many parents have become wary of the effects social media has on their children’s behavior. Teenagers are susceptible to various types of content portrayed through social media. To many parent’s social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are moral panics that cause teenagers to behave against the norm in society. A moral panic is “a condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests” (Cohen). The social media app Instagram has become a widespread phenomenon among many people, especially teenagers, where they post pictures of places, other people, and of themselves. Parents use the provocative content posted by other people and by teenagers as a scapegoat to justify teenage girls exploring their sexuality. This moral panic becomes an even greater issue when women already live in a society where exploring their sexuality is degraded and seen as a taboo even before the internet and social media. Teenagers today are known as “digital natives” who were born and raised during the rise of digital technology. Many of their parents and generations older have criticized how the younger generation are more involved with…

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