The Negative Effects Of Social Media In Today's Society

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In today’s society, there are various technology options available for our youth to use to interact with other people. Social media sites, cell phones, and on-line gaming are just a sample of what is available to our youth through the internet. All of these outlets make communication with others easier, but also increases the act cyber bullying. Cyberbullying is defined by the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2016). It wasn’t that long ago that most children didn’t have access to computers. Just a generation ago, the internet didn’t exist and the only way children had access to computers was in school in the computer lab once a week. Today, on the other hand, …show more content…
Some of the benefits of teenagers being online are they are able to interact with others and build friendships, along with having the ability to do research on a paper with just a click of the mouse. Teachers are even using the technology to decrease absenteeism in their classrooms. As an educator myself, I see the benefits of social media. For instance communicating via a social media site can increase communication skills by building stronger relationships with various friends. Although there are positives to social media sites, there are also the negative effects of teenagers using social media …show more content…
I recently took a class that focused on how to create a contentious feed loop of conversation. I tested this theory with my own teenager and discovered he lacks the ability to carry on a conversation for longer than three minutes. Creating the feed loop will now be a priority for me as well as my child. It is easy to type words into a phone without having to show emotion because the person on the other end cannot see your face, therefore, we can read those words, and however, we want, good or bad. Private information is another negative component to social media. The youth is often too open and public with personal information when online. They do not read the privacy policies and are unaware that their information may be used by a third party, such as advertisers. Most teens believe it is safe and harmless to post their personal information, including their photos (McGillivray, 2015). When you click “like” on an advertisement, you are giving that company permission to access your personal information. One major negative of social media and our youth is the vulnerability to on-line crimes or cyber-crimes. Sexual predators surf social media sites to find young vulnerable victims. These sexual predators then stalk and assault these victims online. Sexting is another way that teenagers make themselves available to the sexual

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