Negative Effects Of Social Media On Society

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The screen illuminates the room with an eerie glow. Swipe left, swipe right, double tap to like, swipe up, comment. With technology at our fingertips, social media has become an inevitable part of our daily lives. Private lives have become personal with Facebook rants, 140 character tweets, 6 second skits on Vine, and filtered photos on Instagram. Generations Y and Z have become accustomed to the constant status updates and notification checking. Social media is a prominent part of today’s teenagers everyday lives. A study posted recently states that teens nowadays spend over six and a half hours staring at a screen every day (“US Teens”). This makes one wonder, is this immersion into other people’s lives and the broadcasting of one owns life 24/7 detrimental to our society and our teenager’s development. Heavy use of social media can lead to a negative impact on personal relationships, an…show more content…
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