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Impact Of Social Media On Teens

Impact Of Social Media On Teens

What is Social Media doing to the teens?

Social networking undoubtedly plays a vital role in broadening social connections and learning technical skills, but its risks cannot be overlooked. The lack or difficulty in self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure makes adolescents vulnerable to such evils as Facebook depression and cyber-bullying to a larger extent, which are realistic threats. Other problems such as social network-induced obesity, Internet addiction and sleep deprivation are issues that continue to be under intense scrutiny for the contradictory results that have been obtained in various studies.


The influence of social media on adolescents and teenagers is of particular importance, not only because this particular group of children is developing vulnerablity but also because they are among the heaviest users of social networking. According to a report by Commonsense media, 75 percent of teenagers in America currently have profiles on social networking sites, of which 68 percent use Facebook as their main social networking tool.

Impact of Social Media on teens

According to the The American Psychological Association, it defines bullying as “aggressive behavior by an individualgirls_computer that causes discomfort to another”. Cyberbullying ranges from direct threatening and unpleasant emails to anonymous activities such as trolling. 32 percent of online teens admit to having experienced a range of menacing online advances from others. While direct unpleasant emails or messages are the most straightforward form of cyberbullying, they are probably the least prevalent in that only 13 percent of surveyed youngsters admitted to receiving threatening and aggressive messages as well. Even forwarding a private note to a group without permission from the sender is often perceived as cyberbullying. A research conducted by Pew Research found that 15 percent of teens were disturbed and uncomfortable about having had their private message forwarded or posted in a public forum. Pew also found that nearly 39 percent of teens on social network have been cyberbullied in some way, compared with 22 percent of online teens who do not use social networks. Trolling, the act of deliberately inflicting hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, or just simple bickering between people, often anonymously, is also pervasive in social network. 28 percent of Americans lives as Trolls under the bridge.

What may be the cause of negative affect of social media on teens?

CyberbullyCyberbullying, a horrendous act on social media networking sites. These acts are quite prevalent inspite of repeated warnings and banning of stuffs. Afterall, crime committers are never really done with their crimes. So what this cyberbullying is actually doing is that,  cyberbullying is the anonymity possible on the Internet. According to, two kinds of people are likely to be cyberbullies- the popular ones and those on the fringes of society, the former resort to such activities to stay popular or to feel powerful, while the latter troll to fit into a society or to get back at a society that excludes them. The National Council on Crime Prevention found from a survey that about three out of four victims of cyberbullying eventually trace the identity of the cyberbully, and so the anonymity may not be as safe a net as the bully believes. The cyberbully is often a friend if they can be called that without insulting the word or sentiment, or someone they know from school or outside. Only 23 percent of the victims reported to have been bullied by someone they don’t know.

What could be the other reasons causing the negative impact and the adverse effects?

Other risks of extensive social networking among youth are loss of privacy, sharing too much information, and gettingDigital-Footprint disconnected from the reality. The digital footprint is a permanent trail that users of social media, indeed of the Internet itself, leave the moment they sign into any service. The digital footprint, by its permanence, can have serious repercussions in future, in both professional and personal areas of life. It is important to know that every activity online — posts on social media accounts, comments left on various sites, tweets, retweets and such other activities through years can contribute to the digital footprint. Another serious risk is the amount of information shared on social network sites. LexisNexis and surveyed 1,000 Americans and found that half of them divulged too much personal data online. What is more worrying is the fact that 44 percent of them believed that the information they posted on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace were being used against them.

Nonetheless, Adolescence is the time to spread wings and take the tentative first flight out into the world, and parents and well wishers should be a part of it. In the domain of social networking, this entails parents becoming educated about the advantages and disadvantages of social networking and themselves joining social network sites, not to hover, but to be aware of the activities of their teenage wards. It is essential that parents are aware of and monitor privacy settings and online profiles of their wards. Open discussions about social network protocols and etiquettes would go a long way in establishing global digital citizenship and healthy behaviour. Likewise, in this way situations can be brought under control and parents as well as their children can live their life happily.

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  • 1 year ago

    Nelson Hyman   /   Reply

    Hey, thanks for sharing this informative guide!
    These days social media has the greatest influence on all the teens and effecting their day to day life too!

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