The Effects Of Social Media On Young Children And Adolescents

922 Words Apr 29th, 2016 4 Pages
During this time, social media gained a widespread audience. Sites such a Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook were originally created to connect with people over the world. Although the original intentions of these social sites were positive these mediums of social interactions now have negative effects. The age group most affected by social media is young children and adolescents ages 8-26, they make up 84% of all social media users. (Ahn June) There are tons of harmful effects young children and adolescents’ come across. Most effects fall into the following categories: cyberbullying, privacy issues, early sexual promiscuity, media substance abuse and education. Nowadays, face to face interactions has become embarrassment moments for young children and adolescents. According to Sonia Livingstone, “teens afford asynchronous, cautious, playful interaction in which the management of “face” and negotiation of flirting, misinterpretation and intimation is more controllable”. Social media has shifted communication from its traditional meaning into a world where face to face interaction rarely exist. Adolescents do not have a clear understanding on what trust, authenticity and reciprocity is. A survey of 9-19 years old shows, who used social media at least weekly and the percentage of the negative effects they have observed. While 57% had seen online pornography, 31% has seen violent and 11% had seen racist content. Furthermore , 31% had received sexual comments online and 38%…

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