The Negative Impacts of Social Media

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The use of social networking sites is rising at great rates. According to a report conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2012, ninety-five percent of individuals aged 12-17 use the internet; and eighty-one percent of those use social network sites (Pew Interest). Although it is known that social media can have a useful impact on lives, often times people forget that with a positive comes a negative. The continual use of social network sites will impact teen lives more negatively than positively because they can cause huge distractions from valuable and critical pursuits like education; they can also cause mental health issues and a reduction in communication skills.
Social network sites is often an easy distraction tool disturbing you when you are supposed to be doing your homework or studies. Many students believe they are capable of multitasking and finishing their work with cohesive and logical connections. Netherlands psychologist Paul A. Kirschnera of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands and Aryn C. Karpinskib of Ohio State University conducted a study examining 219 U.S. university students. Kirschnera found that Facebook users typically had a grade point average of 3.06 while non-users had a grade point average of 3.82. Kirschnera states that he isn’t trying to demonize Facebook, but demonstrate the distracting nature of social network sites (Daily Mail). Students fail to complete their studies and/or homework with cohesive thought because some students give themselves a limit in completing work instead of completing the work as a whole. In the Frontline documentary film Digital Nation, Rachel Dretzin says the following in front of a small group of s...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the use of social networking sites is rising at great rates, citing a pew internet & american life project report.
  • Explains that social network sites are an easy distraction tool disturbing students when they are supposed to be doing their homework or studies.
  • Explains that students who multitask perform academically at a lower level than those who don't.
  • Explains that many colleges allow students to use their laptop to take notes under their professors' consent, but classic psychology determines that multitasking is impossible.
  • Explains that cyberbullying is a serious problem facing internet users, specifically teens.
  • Opines that teens should not use social network sites constantly because of all the negativity like mental health problems that come with them. narcissism is an inordinate fascination with oneself.
  • Explains that supporters for the continual use of social networking websites bring the opposing view with beneficial effects. one in three respondents felt unhappy with their lives after spending time on facebook.
  • Opines that people shouldn't have to create a fake personality online to "fit in." if one's self-presentation is accepted or leads to satisfaction, they internalize their social reception.
  • Explains that social networking websites are prime tools in reducing communication skills in person.
  • Opines that social networking sites and social media can bring great benefits to individuals, but they can also bring negative factors into the equation.
  • Opines that cyberbullying 'causes suicidal thoughts in kids more than traditional bullying'.
  • Explains that davis, chanel, "study examines link between social media, narcissism." high point enterprise.
  • Explains digital nation. dir. rachel dretzin and perf. douglas rushkoff. frontline, 2010.
  • Analyzes how using facebook can lower exam results by up to 20%.
  • Analyzes how social media helped spread news and connect bostonians in the face of disaster.
  • Explains that lehnart, amanda, kristen purcell, aaron smith, and kathryn zickhur. "part 3: social media." pew research centers internet american life project rss.
  • Analyzes mungin, lateef. "bullied canadian teen leaves behind chilling youtube video." cnn, 13 oct. 2012.
  • Explains that "my story: struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm."
  • Explains that social network sites and young adolescent identity development. childhood education 89.4 (2013): 243-53.
  • Opines that social media users spreading false information about sandy hook massacre could face charges, say police.
  • States sellgren, katherine, "cyberbullying 'on rise' - childline." bbc news.
  • Analyzes shea, andrea's "facebook envy: how the social network affects our self-esteem."
  • States that silverman, rachel e., "workplace distractions." the wall street journal. dow jones & company, 11 dec. 2011.
  • States that student grades not affected by social networking, new research finds. university of new hampshire, 23 dec. 2009.
  • Describes pew research centers internet american life project's "teens fact sheet".
  • Describes turkle, sherry. "digital nation." interview. pbs, 22 sept. 2009.
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