The Impact Of Communication Technology On Teenagers

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Many would say that teens are “the future of tomorrow” where thanks to what they learn, it will impact them and the future of society. It is with that knowledge that, when we see many teenagers on their phone using some kind of social media, we worry for the future of America. A justifiable worry as 95% of teenagers in the United States currently go online and 80% of them partake in some type of social media. (Cookingham and Ryan 2). Teens make up a large portion of the most famous social networking sites’ (SNSs) population. Bloomberg.com reports that 88% of Facebook users are teenagers (12-17), Snapchat’s teenage population is 86% and Twitter’s population is 48%. With such a large amount of teens participating in the use of those communication …show more content…
In the case of this paper, communication technologies is seen to have a mostly negative impact in the teenagers’ lives. In the first place, communication technologies affect the teenagers development as it negatively influences their behavior. The communication technologies furthermore negatively impact the teenagers’ development as they convoke an existential anxiety and identity distress. Not only are teens impacted in their development, but they are also impacted in their drive to socialize. Influenced by communication technologies, their social capital or their participation in society will become a more destructive one. Some teens decide to use the communication technologies as a platform for cyberbullying, a negative way to participate in society as it affects everyone in the party. Other teens will have a disconnected interaction with real life society since they have been influenced by online social interactions which are different from real life interactions. One last negative impact communication technologies has done in teens, is the way they use those platforms when socializing. Some teenagers have been too distracted to have complete social interactions as they are often times too involved in the use of the communication technologies. Other teens are drawn to high risk behaviors as they begin to follow the …show more content…
With the point on how communication technologies affect the development of teenagers we see how, thanks to the SNSs, they have been able to socialize better. Xie gives the point on how “posting comments on friends’ SNS pictures can increase the time spent with friends in person” (232), she demonstrates how thanks to communication technologies, the teenager might have a better social life. Additionally, on the point of how social capital impacts teenagers, we see how communication technologies allow teenagers to have a more involved social capital. Xie explains this by saying how, “SNS adoption and mobile personal talk can not only increase teenagers’ close ties with friends, but also jointly promote their civic engagement that their social capital is positively impacted” (232). Thanks to the social resources that communication technologies give, teens will be able to take advantage of them and increase their social capital. Finally addressing the point on how teenagers have been using the communication technologies, is that they have been using them to have a voice in society. Teens are able to give their voice thanks to the way that teens have been using the SNSs they have, Xie demonstrates this by saying how the communication technologies have been a gateway to increase their

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