Social Media and its Effects
Social media comprises of various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where people commonly referred to as Users meet to engage on multiple issues and to interact via the internet. As time passes by, social media has become the media of the time as many people especially the youths and teenagers use it much more to acquire information as compared to Television and Radio. This paper will examine the effects of social media majorly on the children and teens.
Stalking and Fake Friends
Social media promotes the act of following people online and checking their information from time to time without their knowledge and mostly it’s against their will. Rachel points out in her article that with the increasing use of social media by teens and the growing technologies, stalking is increasingly becoming a standard activity while Katie compares this to having fake friends who are just after getting information about a certain user so that they can use it to demean them in a way. While Rachel’s article focuses on the impact of teens putting so much personal information on the internet that may be used to harm them, Katie’s article examines the lack of privacy that comes along with having fake friends that keep sharing one’s own private information to other people. Both of these articles agree on the ultimate effect of social media about the breaching of one’s privacy and personal life as a result of either stalking or having fake friends.
Lack of Human Connection
Both articles strongly agree that the use of social media by teens has dramatically eroded the powerful tool of human connection. Katie argues that teens tend to spend more time engaging on social media and building more social media relationships than they pay on face to face connections and real relationships. This is in agreement with Rachel’s article “How Using Social Media Affects Teenager” which states that teens are so much engrossed in the social media such that they care more about their ‘online’ relationships than the real ones hence they have little or face time. Katie’s article strongly comes out and outshines Rachel’s article on this particular issue as it points out that by teens spending more time on social media than actual relationships, they tend to fail to build the essential people skills that are useful for a lifetime.
Facebook depression is described as “the depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social websites, such as Facebook.” She argues that Facebook users essentially feel an implicit pressure to feel a sense of acceptance by their fellow peers. Rachel in her article “How Using Social Media Affects Teenager” also supports this issue of depression as she argues that the teens feel the need to be active in their online friends are active too so that they can remain relevant and updated. It almost replicates the real-life relationships and replaces its importance.
The teens on social networking sites tend to need to appear cool to their peers and show them the ‘extravagant’ things going on in their lives. This intertextual congruency strengthens the claim that “Facebook Depression” exists and it can have profound effects on teens and preteens. Rachel also points out that most of the time there might be an external pressure for teens to create superficial first impressions on social websites. Hence they end up creating false accounts that impersonate other ‘successful’ people to look cool “How Using Social Media Affects Teenager.” This fallacious idea distorts the reality and leads teens to feel that it’s necessary for social integration while in the real sense it is a source of depression as they try to fit in