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When it comes to social media the bad influences outweigh the good. Therefore, social media has an adverse affect on adolescence’s social behaviors. Social media can be very taxing on a teen’s emotional state. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers have proposed a new phenomenon called “facebook depression”, defined as depression that develops where preteens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, and then exhibit classic symptoms of depression (AAP 2011). Depression can be predicted by two factors, which include rejection by peers and isolated teens with little or no friends (Hartup, 1996).
Peers and teachers should inform the child of the negative effects of social media and the importance of real relationships. Sass 2012 “…social media is actually the source of mental health issues. It’s equally plausible that people already suffering from low self-esteem and depression are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time on social networks, for example simply out of boredom.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “Researchers have proposed a new phenomenon called “Facebook depression,” defined as depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.” (802). Facebook and other social media outlets create an almost high school-like environment outside of school where the teen has to strive for acceptance as well. Dr. Moreno tells the New York Times that ... ... middle of paper ... ...Times,10 Jan. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. portal-more-than-pitfall.html> O'Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson.
Excessive media usage is now beginning to show negative effects in its consumers. Extreme uses of these sites are affecting our interpersonal behaviors, and are enhancing narcissism amongst other negative traits. Although some may say that social networking aids in communication, these sites and other forms of internet-based social mediums can be harmful to personal interaction, especially in adolescents. The first recognized Social Networking website was Sixdegrees.com, which originated in 1997. This website allowed for users to establish profiles, view acquaintances profiles, and contact friends; however, the website quickly went under due to lack of participation and interest.
Teenagers are easily susceptible to negative and insulting comments which causes their confidence in their appearance to plummet. Negative body image can have serious effects on teenagers’ mental health which could lead to disorders and illnesses such as anorexia and bullemia which, thanks to the modern contemporary media, is now affecting adolescents at much younger ages and at much larger scales (Derenne, J.L. & Beresin, E.V., 2006). Teenagers need to be reminded to give equal importance to other vital aspects of themselves such as creative talents, personality, and other strengths, which contribute to overall self-image along with body
This includes a new kind of depression know as Facebook depression. The more time a child or young adult spend on s... ... middle of paper ... ...’s teens, #generation of #hashtags • Kids needs to be educated on cybercrime #educate #protect #nourish • The more we have the less we really have #realfriends versus #cyberfriends References: • Dakin, P. (2014, February 25) Social media affecting teens' concepts of friendship, intimacy, BBC News. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/social-media-affecting-teens-concepts-of-friendship-intimacy-1.2543158 • Lenhar, A., Purcell, K. & Zickua, K. (2010, February 3) Social media and mobile internet use among teens and young adult, Pew Internet & American Life project. Retrieved from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED525056.pdf • O’Keeffe, G. & Pearson, K. (2011, March 28) the impact of social media on children, adolescents and families, Official journal of American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from: http://machadok.faculty.mjc.edu/SocialMediaImpact.pdf
There has been significant interest in the questions that were raised concerning the reasons teenagers flock to social networking sites and whether their activities online have any profound implications on them (Kavi Kumar Khedo and Rajen Suntoo, 2013). In the past five years, it has been observed that social networking has become a global phenomenon that involves tens of millions of users, evolved from a niche activity (Lenhart and Madden, 2007). SNS provide a virtual life to students who use these to make new friends, albeit the premise that the contact is through virtual means (Shahzad Khan, 2011). The research done on MySpace which was more popular during 2007 (Boyd, D., 2007) indicated that teens mostly joined MySpace to maintain friendships with their pre-existing friend groups. He noticed that race and social status/class did not deter the usage of the sites.