The Negative Psychological Effects Of Social Media

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Introduction Social media around the world has become a new phenomenon, especially in the eyes of teenagers. What the majority of the world does not realize is that social media is not necessarily a positive influence in our lives. A few studies show that approximately “70 percent of teenagers age 12 to 17 spend time on a social media site in a typical day, which amounts to 17 million teenage users” (2011 National Teen Survey). Out of those 17 million teenage users “40 percent [are] more [likely] to use tobacco, three times likely to uses alcohol and twice as likely to use marijuana” (2011 National Teen Survey). Technology in general and social media presents to be taking over teenager’s lives one day at a time, which could be seen as an…show more content…
According articles by Ballenger, it is easy for people who are depressed to often take out their anger on others, especially on social media, also known as cyber bullying. A research expert in health scientist studied data of teen victimization rates through cyberbulling. With this he collected data “between 2004 and 2010 via survey studies indicated that lifetime cyberbullying victimization rates ranged from 20.8% to 40.6% and offending rates ranged from 11.5% to 20.1%” (Luxton). The shocking factor behind these rates is this data collection ended in 2010, which means these rates have a strong possibility of growing in time. Another key negative effect social media contributes to teenager is depression. In general “Facebook depression”, or just depression, can occur from spending an abundant amount of time analyzing and wishing for someone else’s life/life style. Most people who suffer depression from social media “are at risk for social isolation and sometimes turn to risky Internet sites and blogs for “help” that may promote substance abuse, unsafe sexual practices, or aggressive or self-destructive behaviors” (Ballenger, 399). Altogether it really is simple for people to get depressed while using a social media platform. The majority of Facebook, or any social media site, users use it as a way to express excitement or life changing events, which…show more content…
Different social media websites and platforms “can offer a diverse display of cultural or ethnic groups that encourage teens to think critically and question cultural stereotypes”(Mokeyane). Not only do researchers argue that teens can be at an advantage with cultural awareness but they also could gain social skills. Advocates believe that social media platforms “increase social confidence, more social support and heightened media literacy” (Mokeyane). If social media was suppose to heightened literacy than students or teenagers would not be using “slang” spelling and not actually spelling out the correct words. On the other hand, cyber bullying has also become more apparent with individuals with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, so social media is not actually helping with teenagers being aware of different cultures since they have just antagonize them. According to a research conducted by Wang et at. “black students reported the highest level of cyberbullying activity at 10.9%, Hispanic students at 9.6%, and the category of students classified as other at 7.3%. White students reported cyberbullying victimization at 6.7%” (Howlett-Brandon). With statistics that support that different ethnicities are still being victimized presents that social media isn’t helping with cultural

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