How long could you go without using social media?
In the early 2000s, social media took the world by storm. Out of the 7.8 billion people in the world, 3.8 billion are active on social media. Social media has a negative influence on teens and promotes bad lifestyle habits. Social media is all about popularity and having likes. Consequently, they may feel pressured into having to be “perfect”. This can be mentally draining for teens. They began to have a poor self-image and have less self-respect.
Social media negatively affects teens’ lives every day. CNN, Social media use may harm teens' mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says, explained: “that frequent use may disrupt activities that have a positive impact on mental health such as sleeping and exercising, while increasing exposure of young people to harmful content, particularly the negative experience of cyber-bullying.” By the author expressing that constant use of social media can disrupt daily activities and introduce kids to things like cyberbullying, the author is supporting the claim that social media negatively affects kids.
However, some might say that social media has a positive impact on teens. For instance, the Washington Post, Five ways social media can be good for teens states, “they’re learning the responsibility that comes with the power to broadcast to the world. You can help nurture the positive aspects by accepting how important social media is for kids and helping them find ways for it to add real value to their lives”. The author expresses that kids having access to social media can strengthen friendships, help them express themselves, it can offer a sense of belonging, etc.
Although there are a few benefits of social media, the negatives have a stronger impact on teens’ health. Jama Network, The Need to Investigate the Role of Social Media, claimed, “the role of social media use among adolescents is an urgent public health issue that merits further investigation”. Also stating,“ the possible role of social media in the sharp increases in suicidality among early adolescent”. Based on the evidence the author provides on how negative effects of social media go beyond cyberbullying and has a connection to suicide in adolescents, supports the claim that social media can evolve into more urgent issues.
In conclusion, social media has a bad influence on teens and develops bad lifestyle choices. A few ways to help that could help limit bad online activity. Parents should explain the repercussions of using social media, have a time limit on social media use, and monitor their online activity. Studies have shown that there has been a spike in adolescent suicidal cases being linked to social media use. Due to the lack of awareness, this issue will get out of hand unless we’re willing to make a change.