Individuality In a modern society

Individuality - the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked.

Ask yourself, at what age did you get on a social media platform?

How cool was it for you? Why did you even want one?

Thanks, Zuckerburg

Tech crunch says that the average age for a child getting a smartphone is 10.3 years old.

Smart phones often equals social media accounts.

(In fact, Tech Crunch says that 39 percent of kids get a social media account at 11.4 years old).

That being said, children are being plugged into mature conversations at a young age.

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So ask yourself, is that a good thing?

The Child Mind Institute says that social media is causing many teenagers more anxiety and low self esteem.

Say a child gets on social media and sees one of their friends get 100 likes on their post, but their post only attained 35 likes. How do you think that makes them feel?

Due to social anxiety, children begin to mirror their behavior based off what is on social media in order to meet the "social norm".

This Change in behavior eLiminates individualIty as Many chiLdren are tRying to all meet The same social standards.

Think back to your childhood. What was it like? Do you remember worrying about what others thought of you?

Now compare that with a potential childhood someone is having in today's world. A world where the child is struggling to find their own true self because they are being pushed to only what is accepted.

it is actually ironic because social media sites are intended to show the differences in people, yet its effects are making people more similar.

It is time to make a change.

Too many children are being affected by social media in a negative way.

in order to do this, several things can happen.

  • Keep children off of social media until they are of a responsible age (14-16).
  • Give children other options for fun instead of getting on their phones.
  • Have children receive phones at a later age (14-16).
  • Make individuality a more common theme in families and society as a whole.

The key is to promote individuality to children growing up and make them realize they are different for a reason.

Kids growing up should not be afraid of being themselves. They should be proud of who they are.

Lets work to make a society that thrives on individuality and pushes each other to be their best self.

References

Donovan, Jay. "The Average Age for a Child Getting Their First Smartphone Is Now 10.3 years." TechCrunch. N.p., 19 May 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Ehmke, Rachel. "How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers | Child Mind Institute." Child Mind Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

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