Before students only had to worry about being bullied at school, but due to technology advances and the use of social media, teenagers can be bullied twenty four- seven. Cyberbullying causes a huge impact on students and when they are too busy with the anxiety of being bullied their grades can suffer or they can even drop out. According to HealthDay News, 9,590 students were surveyed from 580 U.S. schools. Compared to kids who were not bullied, students that were cyberbullied experienced a 0.049 drop in their GPA between grades 9 and 12. This number is too big when you think about the potential students have but the constant bullying by their peers on social media effects that.
Constant exposure to these photographs creates a new normal, and women often begin to believe that they must look similar to these models. Most women do not measure up to the standards set by the media, and as a result they feel upset and shameful over their own physique, no matter how healthy it is. Low self-esteem plagues millions of women and many of them are so affected that they sink into depression. Depression is an extremely serious mental illness that causes feelings of extreme sadness and drains all happiness from its victims. A recent study revealed that eleven percent of people suffer from depression before they turn eighteen (Depression in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet, NIMH RSS).
In fact a Consumer Reports survey (June 2012) said 800,000 minors were harassed or cyber bullied on Facebook. Because social media has become so widespread it has become a breeding ground for cyberbullying. Facebook is the leading social networking site for bullying. Twitter doesn’t have as big of a problem as many of the other sites due to the way it is set up. However, Ask.FM (has caused serious problems among teenagers, resulting in bullying behavior that has been difficult to stop (Social).
Celebrities also use their accounts which can be followed by anybody. Teens end up constantly comparing themselves to celebrities’ appearances and bright, outgoing personalities. Studies have also shown that cyber bullying has become a much bigger problem with the growth of internet usage. All of these different things having to do with social media have led to kids feeling depressed, ugly, and alone. The use of social media has increased depression in today’s teenagers.
Facebook also opens up a door for cyber bullying. Every year we lose more and more people as a result of cyber bullying. This can also lead to self-hate. In the article, “Is Facebook Making Us Sad?”, Copeland states, “As Meghan O’Rourke has noted here in Slate, women’s happiness has been at an all-time low in recent years…If you’re already inclined to compare your own decisions to those of other women and to find yours wanting, believing that others are happier with their choices than they actually are is likely to increase your own sense of inadequacy.” (Copeland
Statistics show over 50% of teenage girls are self conscious about their looks. Social Media is negatively affecting confidence in woman and distorting what true beauty is; further, Apps like Instagram and Twitter constantly distort what true beauty is. Young women now feel the need to change themselves to cover up their own flaws and insecurities.
Now, because social media has become so popular among teens, bullying has progressed to online use also. Cyberbullying is one of the most common problems of the use of social media among teens and it can lead to potentially harmful behaviors. According to Amanda Lenhart of Pew Research Center, “(32%) of all teenagers who use the internet claim to have been targets of online activities – such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarde... ... middle of paper ... ...feel unaccepted by people offline. Once a teen becomes socially isolated, he or she may turn to different Internet sites that could potentially promote behaviors such as drinking, smoking, or cutting. Works Cited 1.
Cyberbullying is the act of using social media or some electronic device to harass another person. Different people get cyberbullied, as Agaston suggests that “gay, lesbian, and transgender youth experience a significantly higher rate of bullying” (Magid 2). Since those of different sexualities aren’t accepted by everyone, those against homosexuality would more than likely harass those that are of different sexuality. According to Larry Magid, “One in five teens have been cyberbullied at least once in their lifetimes in the past 30 days” (Magid 3). This is probably true, considering how many teens are on social media every day.
Imagine that Ariel’s best friend, Claire, was receiving nasty text messages from a girl at school. The text messages read “Your so ugly”, “You have no friends”, and “You just need to go die!” These are just a few of the ones she was receiving. Claire was hurting and did not know how to handle it. Ariel did not even know anything was going on until after Claire left. Ariel received the worst call anybody could ever receive.
Day after day cyber bullying has increased rapidly internationally which causes a repugnant effect on young generations; most preferably teenagers. Cyber bullying is said to have a stronger effect than physical pain. In this generation cyber bullying is spread throughout social network, text, chat box, etc. I once had a friend who was acknowledged cyber bullying, one of her dear close friend rapidly became envious of her and in response she hacked her Facebook account and wrote negatives things about her, also posted Photoshop picture of her. People were quick to writing responses to it to the comments, her parents soon found out and with extreme agitation they had grounded her.