Jainaba Beyai 1001747817 Professor. Deidre Flynn ENG1001 19h November 2014 Social Media Addiction Affecting Youth In any situation there are consequences for whatever action performed, in this case it is social media addiction. The increasing use of social media sites among youth has led to addiction, which can negatively impact ones psychological and sociological well being. In recent years social media has become the mainstream talk with the increasing popularity of websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even more recently Snapchat. These media sites help people across the globe, interact easily with people from anywhere in the world with just a click of their mouse.
This essay will argue that social media has improved communication between people, and has also improved the means of communication between them. First of all, social media has made it possible for people, or even families, who live far away from each other to communicate easily. Before, people used to communicate through writing letters and having them sent through the mail, which would take a lot of time and communication could not be done fast enough and constantly, however, now communication is easily done through social interaction networks on a daily basis using the Internet. Head of marketing at FreshNetworks, Jo Stratmann, states that indeed social media has completely transformed the way that people communicate with each other, and in a positive way, and is improving internal communication between people and even companies and workplaces (Using social media to improve internal communications, n.d.). Secondly, the social media has made it easier for businesses and business people such as bankers, business owners, brands, and even celebrities to communicate faster and to get things accomplished.
We are always caught up on connecting through the Internet. There are so many ways to use the Internet. (Connect with friends, use for research, watch movies or shows online, etc.). Although, I see it as overgrowing; too many people uses it involving the young generation. Yes, that’s the problem.
Social media has become a major part of our society today. We can say that every aspect of daily life is influenced by some form of mass communication. There are various forms of social media, which include pictures, video, texting, television, and social networking websites. These outlets of communication are able to reach a vast audience in split seconds, allowing diverse cultures to interact with each other. Because of this almost immediate reaction, it allows for major pitfalls, such as, the saturation of our youth with bad examples of sexual behavior and violence, which can lead to an increasing acceptance of violence in society.
Oppose to that there are many advantages social media can have like it can be used to promoting a business, but the main focus on this article is to get my point across. How bullying relates to social media There are many issues which can be discussed on how social media can be the effect of bullying. An example of this is cyberbullying. There are many ways in which bullying can occur, like for example it can occur in things like blogs and an example of a social networking site which people can bully people is sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. which are frequently used by millions of people around the world on a daily basis.
It has become a major part of their everyday life, meaning they are susceptible to the negative behaviors on line (Hooper). One of the major negative influences on the youth is moral behaviors. Many people are not aware of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (O’Keeffe). The COPPA was established to help keep children under the age of thirteen protected websites collecting their information (O’Keeffe). This mean no persons under age of thirteen is prohibited to have a profile (O’Keeffe).
We live in a world that has become addicted and dedicated toward social media and it is driving America’s youth into the ground. Teenagers and adults are so wrapped up in social media that is runs their lives every day. Constantly people are checking their phones for the latest on social networks. They have to see pictures, tweets, statuses, comments, likes, and the list goes on and on. Social media is becoming the focus point in the modern American society that it is beginning to control people’s social skills, communication skills, and their livelihood.