The Influence Of Facebook And Social Media

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The world is much different than it was when I was growing up as a child, teenager and young adult. Each year I notice younger and younger children with cell phones and other portable devices that can somehow connect them to the Internet and social media. It seems like in everything we do or sign up for, we need to have some type of profile. Society has made it unacceptable if we do not have a Facebook account and there is this peer pressure from friends and family if we don’t Facebook. We are under this illusion that if we do not have one, we will miss out on what is happening in everyone’s life. Our text mentions, “One posts all of one’s personal details, relationship status, likes and dislikes, pictures and postings of friends, of whom …show more content…
I think it is due to the fact that the recipient cannot see my body language, know the context I am using and pick up on my emotions. If I am more open to oversharing, the recipient may have a better understanding of my message. Our text states, “Embarrassment prevents them from saying things that they might text or tweet.” (Agger, 2012, p.26) When I am in face-to-face situation I am more aware of the dimensions. On social media, I am not as aware of dimensions until recently. When I posted my opinion about the election or whom I supported, I would make sure the friends and my family who opposed my views was not able to see my Facebook postings. I knew if I had it so everyone could see that I would be opening myself up for drama and mean comments. When I am face-to-face with someone, this is a natural process. I wouldn’t talk about the negative effects of global warming with my in-laws since they think global warming doesn’t exist. It is about understanding the dimensions and knowing how to not …show more content…
Even though grew up during the computer and mobile device surge, I did not have a cell phone or unattended access to the computer until I reached my sophomore year of high school. Before then my parent would make sure I had plenty of change if I ever needed to use a pay phone. When I am in junior high and high school, my schools had many payphones throughout the campus. I think this was a wise choice, even though I did bug my parents for a cell phone or my own computer for many years. Looking back, there is no reason why I would need one or why children need to be wired to social media. Children spend most of their time in school, involved in sports, clubs and are at home with their families. Children should learn how to behave and share information in a healthy and safe manner. Our textbook mentions, adolescence is a crucial time for kids and young adults. Technology has a huge influence on their mental and emotional development. (Hyde & DeLamater, 2017, p. 237) I agree with the textbook’s conclusions. Kids and young adults need to make sure they are being exposed to reliable information and the truth. Much of what is on the Internet is not true or verified, unfortunately when you are young, you believe

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