There are numerous studies on the impact of advancing technology on adolescents, usually leading to the conclusion that social media networks often take part in creating the teen to isolate themselves from anything other than the internet. Social media however, does allow anyone to connect to the people living on the other side of the world. It is a way to keep in touch with old friends, and meet new people no matter where they live. Social media is often used to keep up with the latest news and often informs users of what is going on before the news channels catch it. It is obvious that social media has various positive uses. While these points are important, the fact that the younger generation spends most of their time with their heads down looking at a screen rather than engaged in conversation takes precedence. An article by Morgan Hampton states that,“children and teens spend 75% of their waking lives with their eyes fixed on a screen.” Social media connects people through a screen, but cannot excuse the fact that people are being disconnected from what is right in front of
Technology is affecting the youth psychologically, socially and physically. There are several examples as to why it is detrimental for parents to act in order to combat theses problems so that society as a whole does not suffer. Technology is here to stay, there is no other way of looking at it, but that doesn’t mean that all technology is good or bad. Children that spend way too much time in front of a screen emailing or messaging friends are lacking the basics of human interactions. There is little or none eye contact when it comes to dealing with life’s problems, causing them to not develop the proper interpersonal skills that we require as a society. When children are hooked on technology on a day-...
The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project studies the behavior and attitudes towards cell phones and highlights the generation of teens and young adults who use cell phones, a setting between 18-29- year- olds. This project conducted up to 100 surveys and wrote up to 200 reports on teens and internet use, as Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, and Zickuhr explained in the research. She also reported with other colleagues how their findings on social media and internet use situated among older children compared within the data between adolescents and older children. Lenhart’s current data draws a hypothesis conducted from this study-this research had started between June and August of 800 teenagers between 12 and 17 who use cell phones as a source of how they behave online more than they do in the real world.
According to the Pew Research Center at Harvard University, “78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones” (Pew Research). There is no question that the number of American teenagers that own cell phones is increasing as technology continuously advances in today’s society. So many developments in cellular technology explain why teenagers crave the latest cell phone on the market. Parents of teenagers have to make the decision of whether or not their teen should own the newest phone. Surprisingly, these small portable phones have created a controversy among many parents and pediatricians among America. Some believe that teenagers should have a cell phone to provide safety and assurance to the teens and their parents. Whereas many claim that cell phones are not beneficial towards teenagers and the owning of a cell phone should wait until adulthood. Although some parents argue that cell phones provide teenagers with safety, teenagers should not own cell phones due to the various medical issues and social problems that are linked to teenagers owning cell phones.
(summary) In the article “Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?”, Jean M. Twenge discusses the effects smartphones have in younger generations. Twenge is a psychologist who has been researching differences in generations for 25 years. In accordance to Twenge, smartphones have significantly increased the rates in teen depression and suicide. Twenge describes the generation iGen (born between 1995 and 2012) as being at the verge of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Twenge’s research shows statistics of many factors that are affected by social media, smartphones, and the internet.
In today’s day and age with new technologies popping up everyday, Teenagers are distracted by technology. In every form of their lives, technology is there. The Pew Internet Report relays its findings of teens and technology. With the overwhelming majority of teens, 95% of them use the internet and a whooping 78% have cell phones. When asked how often they utilize various means to communicate or socialize with people in their lives, 77% of seventeen year olds relayed that they used texting everyday to maintain connections with people in their lives. In comparison to that, only 34% of this age bracket shared ...
Teens are so involved with their phones they are missing out on face-to-face conversation (Boswell, 1). On a given day girls send at least one hundred text messages and boy send at least fifty (HOTPIPROT, 3). In a calendar month teens send more than one thousand text messages (Internet Safety Statistics, 1). Texting is the main use of communication in teens today and because of texting they are getting more uncomfortable with in person communication (Lost in Translation, 1). 75% of teens in the United States text and 63% say that they text on a daily basis (HOTPIROT, 1). It is very important that people reconnect with each other through communication and take a break from “screen-staring” all the time (Boswell, 1).
From the perspective of adolescents and teenagers growing up in such a hyper-connected world, having a smartphone just seems like a necessity, something that all parents feel obliged to giving to their child at a young age, should they have to contact them in case of emergency. But when can an item such as a smartphone turn into a device that sucks away confidence, self pride and the overall well-being of a child? A device that is making a child fear when it should be used in order to help them feel safe. This is what can happen when you introduce social media to children who do understand how to fully use it safely; who don’t understand the implications and consequences that come with silly mistakes made through social media but also don’t
The correlation between the development of youth and social media has become blatant. Although few of the consequences are favorable, the majority have displayed a negative impact. The drive social media can implement on youth is exceptional. The pressure and strain social media can place on our youth is an enduring force which leads individuals to question themselves as a person and feel inclined to fit a norm expressed in media and social media of our society. The underlying force social media can play in the lives of the youth is astonishing and is a force that must be dealt with and controlled, for it not only holds the power to give an individual strength, but also to break them down.