Negative Effect Of Social Media Analysis

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In 2005, Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe launched the website MySpace, a social networking site designed to virtually connect users from around the world via internet. Later that year, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg established Facebook, one of the largest social networking sites in the world, which was soon followed by Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram. Although these outlets were surely not the first of their kind, they stand as the most prominent contributors to the wave of social networking, whether through apps or through a personal computer. I view social media as a source of entertainment and interaction, but because of that online stimulation, I spend countless hours on social media and not being productive.. I view social media as an …show more content…
This could be seen as true, but social media provides a “false sense of connection” according to Brian Jung in the article The Negative Effect of Social Media on Society and Individuals. Relationships that are made online are not as “meaningful” or as solid as real life ones. Humans that spend great amounts of time communicating through a computer screen tend to lack the interpersonal skills that are essential for everyday life. Excessive users’ anti-social behavior causes them to live through computer screens. “A January 2012 Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School study found that the percentage of people reporting less face-to-face time with family in their homes rose from 8% in 2000 to 34% in 2011” (PronCon Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?). People are becoming more isolated from their family and peers during activities that involve bonding such as eating dinner and family vacations. Lack of face-to-face communication can be difficult during situations such as presentations, interviews, or networking in real …show more content…
This feature is great when showing your friends and followers what you are up to, but it can also make its users feel insecure as most posts on people’s timeline include idealized lifestyles. When it comes to social media, idealized posts outweigh a person’s post of them having a terrible day. If people do not already feel good about themselves, then seeing the lavish lives of the celebrities and friends they follow can force them to compare their lives to other people, thus making them feel insecure. “…in 2012 a team of researchers in the UK surveyed users, 53% of whom said social media had changed their behavior; 51% said it was negative behavior because of decline in confidence they felt due to unfair comparisons to others” (Probst 10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health). Social Media also induces cyber bullying. “Enough is Enough, conducted a survey that found 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyber bullying, and 33% have been victims themselves.” (Probst 10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health) Most of the cyber bullying occurs in adolescent teenagers who suppress hard emotions, channel it through social media in negative ways. Cyber bullying can affect the victim mentally whether they feel insecure or they feel the need to commit suicide. Even though social media can boost self-esteem

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