Social Media’s Impact On Teens

Anne Hayden Hall, Contributor

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When it comes to social media, there is always some controversy. People want to share what they’re doing with the world, but has it gone too far? There are both positive and negative effects of social media, but in the end does it really live up to the hype?

Social Media can have a negative impact on teens’ mental health. It can make them depressed and lower their self-esteem because they think they have to live up to pictures seen on the internet. It can become a competition about how many likes and followers you have, whose body is “better”, and whose life is more interesting. Another negative thing about social media is that teens can abuse the privilege and not use it safely. Sometimes we have so much fun on social media we forget the repercussions of our actions.

On the flip side, social media allows you to reconnect with people you may have lost touch with. It gives teens an outlet to express themselves and be creative. Social media allows you to meet new people and make new friends. It gives teens an outlet to confidently express their feelings. Social media can save lives by raising awareness about teen suicide. It also lets these troubled individuals know that they are not alone. Social Media also exposes kids to different cultures and different ethnicities. The majority of teens say that social media is a positive thing that they enjoy interacting with their friends on.

In conclusion, social media is not a bad thing as long as it is used properly and safely. However, teens can sometimes abuse the privilege and use social media for unintended purposes. If it is used properly, social media can be beneficial and fun for everyone. Social media is powered by people and therefore it can bring out the best in them or the worst. The environment on social media can only be decided by each person individually.

 

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