The Effects Of Social Media On Adolescents

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In today’s society, all adolescents communicate and find out the latest gossip that is trending through social media. Since the introduction of the internet people always tried to find a way to communicate with people around the world, nowadays people connect through the likes of Facebook and Twitter. There is a plethora of negative causes of social media on the lives of the youth being cyber bullying, addiction, and not being aware of the privacy terms. Cyber bullying is a new type of bullying; it is when someone is harassing another person through the internet and abusing them verbally. Cyber bullying causes suicides “Cyberbullying has also been the cause of many suicides in young people” (Barnes and Laird). Teenagers are not aware when they are cyber bullying, they may act like they are playing around and take it as a joke, but they don’t think of the victim and what is going through their mind, The victim might take it to things serious and hurt themselves and especially if they are being bullied or criticized by someone who is well known in school. Many cases have been reported of teenagers killing themselves because they were being harassed through social media. Also, cyber bullying causes depression in young adults, says Kowalski, “… cyberbullying is also a problem and can leave victims experiencing depression…”(Barnes and Laird). Victims are left with a feeling that they aren’t good enough and become depressed with themselves because the constant bullying they receive. Secondly, multiple adolescents are not aware or alerted that they might have an addiction to social media. Many times these teenagers of this generation spend most of their time scrolling through their phone looking at statuses of people they might know a... ... middle of paper ... ... CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. . "Social Networking Sites: Security and Privacy Issues." Monthly Cybersecurity Tips. CenterFor Internet Security, n.d. Web. 8 Apr 2014. . Barnes, Angela, and Christine Laird. "The Effects of Social Media on Children." Communication and Social Media. Eastern Washington University, 6 June 2012. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. . Lenhart, Amanda, Kristen Purcell, Aaron Smith, and Kathryn Zickuhr. "Media Influence on Young People." Welcome to WAVE. Wave Tust, 3 Feb. 2010. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. .
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