The Negative Effects Of Social Media And Personal Relationships

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Every waking moment various young adults of this century find themselves completely engulfed and wrapped up in social media. As human beings we naturally yearn for connection and belonging. Many people find that it is hard to function without having something to constantly keep them updated in their social circle. Social media plays a massive role in today’s society and also impacts and changes the perspective of many young individuals in today’s world. Social media is said to have a drastic effect on young adults and their relationships. Moreover, not only is it affecting the youth of the world but many adults have also found themselves wrapped up in its clutches. Social media has led to lack of actual real life social relationships and this …show more content…
Social media as a whole violates any private life a person may wish to have. With just a click of a button anyone can find out where someone is or what they plan on doing instantly. For example, the app “instagram” has a feature where anyone is able to click on a person 's profile and trace where they have been after they have posted a photo. This can not only be dangerous but it is an invasion of privacy. Strangers can tap into anyone’s life with a click of a button and discover many personal things about that person. Social media has been said to be the reason for the lack of real life personal relationships. This can be exceedingly unhealthy as it takes away the intimacy in relationships through the lack of verbal communication, and diminishes interpersonal skills. “Research has further revealed people with fewer social relationships die earlier on average than those with more social relationships. Yet with the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be substituting virtual, online connections for real-life, social relationships.” (“Social Media’s Impact on …show more content…
Cyber Bullying is extremely dangerous and can tear someone to emotional shreds. The internet is a dangerous place where one terrible and vicious post can go viral and can be visible to anyone who wishes to access this post. Cyberbullying can leave the target feeling powerless, depressed and drastically lower the individual 's self-esteem. Cyberbullying is a deadly weapon and has been the cause of various teen suicides, therefore, it is imperative that parents monitor their children 's social media accounts. Many kids as young as ten years old have their own social media account and at this age children 's minds are extremely impressionable. Although they may not be posting mature content there is a strong possibility they will be subjected to it. This can influence the moral values parents are trying to instill in their children. If a child is subjected to posts and blogs that contradict what the parent is trying to teach at home their lessons will not be very effective. “On average, adolescents spend "6 ½ hours per day engaging in some form of media,” (Arnett, 2010, p. 338). Most people use this time to entertain themselves but over time it begins to affect the way the user begins to think and also see themselves. Adolescents often use social media as a social comparison. Ideas of what kind of person they want to be can either be reinforced or

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