Social media is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “Websites and computer programs that allow people to communicate and share information on the internet using a computer or mobile phone.”
Social Media has an ever-growing reach especially among the youth of the world. In this technology driven world, social media is becoming more of a necessity rather than a privilege. Classrooms stay connected, knowledge shared among peers and a much more accessible connection between student and educator.
Despite all these advancements and benefits of social media, there is a darker side to this necessity. Young impressionable people are given access to this unrestricted network that can lead them to the negative side of social media. People are unable to realize that a text on a phone, a comment on a picture or an aggressive tweet could have real life effects on real life people.
Many studies have shown that teenagers are prone to violence owing to greater social media influence, and shooting games that are becoming more popular day by day. It has caused a heavy influx in the youth spending more and more time on the internet, phone, television that have greatly distanced themselves from more relevant and important things such as studying, playing sports, reading or even spending time with family.
There are also the other obvious disadvantages such as cyberbullying and body shame. Cyber-bullying occurs across various electronic devices such as the cell phone, the computer, a tablet and even the Internet in general, particularly social media sites. It can be much more damaging physical bullying as it can happen to anyone at any time of day, and it targets a person’s emotional and mental health.
Teenagers easily get influenced looking at the star models of Facebook, twitter, Instagram. This is especially relevant for those who don’t fit in with the euro-centric beauty standards set by the media due to societal norms. The youth that use these social media sites are easily influenced hence it could cause a damaged self-confidence and self-esteem.
In conclusion, social media plays a pivotal role in this day and age however, there should be some degree of restriction and monitoring for the youth on social media, to avoid these negative consequences. Those who witness cyber-bullying should speak up, those who see misinformation should report it and society itself should change its views on beauty standards to provide long term improvement in regards to these disadvantages discussed. As with most things, it is not technology that is bad, it's the people who have made it bad.