Social networking sites like Facebook allow you to find and connect with just about anyone. Browsing these sites can make you feel connected to a larger community, but such easy, casual connection in an electronic environment can also have its downside. Studies indicate that 69% of social media-using teens think that teens are generally kind to each other on social networking sites, however, 88% of teenagers have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking website. (Pew Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011). 12% of teenagers say they witnessed cruel behavior "frequently" on social networking websites.
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.
According to the Webster Dictionary, social media is defined as “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” No matter if social media is making people vulnerable or helping the children communicate, social media is affecting the youth for the good and for the bad. It’s starting to become a controversial subject. In this generation social media is taking an uprise and seems to have become a popular trend. The children are growing up, with these sites and technology all around them. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report on the impact of social media, stating that children and adolescents are spending most of their free time if not all on social media.
(Merriam Webster, 2013) The most common examples include: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. (Bennet, 2013) Teenagers use social media and networks to find out information, talk to people who live far away, or vent and tell everyone every detail of their life. This dependency on social media has a drastic effect on a teenager’s relationships and can have long term effects on their social capabilities. Studies are showing how many teens find it easier to communicate online than face to face; the teens think being behind the screen makes it easier to connect with one and another. This, in turn, makes deception a more common occurrence on the web.
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).
Naturally, most teenagers today own or have access to a smart phone, computer, or other device that can be used to connect to the internet and view a countless number of social websites. Social media can be entertaining and a fun, fast way to connect with friends and family, but it also has its disadvantages. Many teens today know someone or have been a victim themselves of a negative aspect of social media called cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the act of harassing, tormenting, or embarrassing someone else over the internet, sometimes anonymously. Even though this type of bullying happens online, it can still have a huge impact on a teenager’s life.
The past few years have resulted in a significant increase in the popularity of social media sites. These sites have become so widely used by the younger generations that it is affecting them both physically and psychologically. The most popular social media websites, notably Facebook and Twitter, allow users to post their own comments, regardless of its content. While this sounds perfectly fine at first thought, the consequences of mostly unmonitored messages have been shown to have a direct relation to increases in violence, particularly bullying, racism, and psychological issues in vulnerable adolescents especially. Clarke-Pearson, Kathleen and Gwenn S. O’Keeffe.
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.
Social Media’s Impact on Youth Likes, favorites, retweets, shares, to some these words mean nothing, to others they may mean the world. Teenagers today often measure their self-worth on the reactions they receive on posts or pictures they put on social media. Social media exposes youth today to many things that they never would have access to if it were not for the Internet. Before internet and social media there was still bullying, however social media now exposes children to a possible 24 hour flow of what people call, cyber bullying. Social media also allows teenagers to often compare themselves to the models or movie star characters that are often shown on social media.
Currently, there are more than 84% of kids that have a social networking profile, and the number of suicides are rising at a very alarming rate (www.bsecure.com). That is not all cyberbullying can take a major toll on. Kids who suffer from cyberbullying have a higher chance of using alcohol and drugs, skiping school, not wanting to go to school, end up receiving lower grades, haveing a lower-self-esteem, and ri... ... middle of paper ... ...l the hype or trends that Facebook is getting. Use common sense and realize all the dangers that sites like these have behind the sign-up. Works Cited Bsecure Technologies, Inc. "Resources Statistics."