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Peace Out, Privacy

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Social media has taken over the younger generation at a staggering rate. In 2012, 94% of teenagers have reported that they have a Facebook account. They average to have 425 friends as well. (Marketing Land, Greg Sterling p1). These are mind boggling statistics. Social networking has replaced the “face to face” encounters that the generations before had to do if they wanted to talk to their friends or family. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have transformed the way we speak or see our friends, family, and a lot of times strangers that we have never met offline. I've come to realize that kids my age are a lot more shy and not as easy to converse with in person as people our parent's or grandparent's age. That could come from talking behind a computer or a cellular device all the time with texts instead of verbally speaking. The impact of social media is putting a negative effect on the younger generation.

Social media is having negative effects on teenagers. Since teens can feel safe behind a screen they are a lot more comfortable doing things that they should be more cautious to doing. First example of this is sexual encounters online aka “sexting”. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos over a cell phone or the Internet. By not being face to face it makes it easy to send explicit pictures to another person, and engaging in sexual conversation. Peer pressure plays a big role in these behaviors to gain status in the social
Hryn 2 network. Also, teens say that they sext to gain attention and to potentially find a romantic partner (Rick Nauert PhD, Does Peer Pressure Influence Teens Sexting? P1). Some apps like Snapchat make it very easy for teens to send semi or fully nude photos to othe...

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...udes: E-mail, address, and cell/home number. If you do, stalkers can easily trace you.

As you can see, there are a multitude of negative effects that social media brings to the table. They out weigh the positives. Parents have to be responsible on their children before it gets out of hand. They need to show their child the real reasons why Facebook and Twitter etc was set up for. While today’s teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social networks. Start putting your time that you use in Facebook and use it to be more active. Facebook won't help you pro-long your life like excerise or anything active will. Mark A. Rayner said it best: “People who have so much of their personality invested in the Internet can’t really survive as whole individuals without it.”
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