Social Media and It's Effects on Teens Siena saluzzo

(MySecureCyberspace. "Think Time: Teens and Social Networks.")

1. 95% of all teens (13-17 years of age) are online.

2. 81% of online teens frequent some type of social media, up from 55% of online teens in 2006. (Cottle, 2)

Hilton High School at a Glance
  • Around 97% of students use social media
  • Instagram and Snapchat are among the most used social media sites, with about 94% of people using them
  • Majority of people admitted to using social media more than 10 times a day
  • 27% of people said they were worried about the number of followers they have
  • 14 people said they would take a picture down if it doesn't get enough likes
  • 30% of people admitted to being more inclined to say something on social media rather than in person
  • 13 people would say that they are depressed, with 7 people admitting to thinking about/considering suicide
  • 30% of people have been bullied on social media
Social media creates problems (Smith, 1)
(McGrath, 1)
Hiding Imperfections (Jacobson, 1)
  • People who negatively compared themselves to other social media users were highly vulnerable to depressions
  • Not living up to the idealized portraits of life that other people present
  • Study found that those who used social media more are 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who use social media less (Mozes)
  • People who are already depressed or have depressive symptoms use social media more
Cyber-bulling: The beginning of Social Dangers (Liu, 1)

Pro - Anorexia Social Media

  • Pro-ana stands for pro-anorexia
  • Pro-mia stands for pro-bulimia
  • "Pro-ana" sites are for people who are already anorexics, are looking for advice, tips and support from fellow anorexics to help them become "better" anorexics
  • "Pro-ana" symbolises the choice not to go into recovery - if you are pro-ana then you have chosen to live as an anorexic, at least for the time being
  • Starving For Perfection, Anorexic Nation, 2b-Thin, Totally in Control
  • Allow people with eating disorders to get together and support each other in their struggle to achieve their goals
  • Not towards recovery but towards thinness, "perfection", and "the perfect body" (Totally In Control)

Picture: (Raes, 1)

Pathos - persuading an audience by appealing to their emotions

  • Appeal to the emotions of teenagers - persuading teenagers to be someone they shouldn't be
  • Influencing the way teenagers act because they want to feel a certain way
  • Joy
  • Sadness
  • Jealousy

Conclusion:

  • Social media is constantly influencing teenagers more than anyone
  • Social media makes it easier for teenagers to be bullied
  • There is a link between social media and depression/suicide
  • Pro-Ana accounts are influencing teenagers to continue their anorexic "ways"
  • Teens are being negatively impacted by social media

Works Cited

Cottle, Julia. "Facebook And Mental Health: Is Social Media Hurting Or Helping?" Mental Help. N.p., 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.

Jacobson. "Social Media and Self-Esteem | Impact of Social Media on Youth." Child Mind Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.

Liu, Steven. "Social Media and Depression." Culture and Youth Studies. N.p., 26 Aug. 2015. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.

McGrath, Mary. "Social Media Can Pressure Teens to Seek Perfect Body." AAP News. American Academy of Pediatrics, 01 Jan. 2015. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.

Mozes, Alan. "The Complex Link Between Social Media and Depression." Health. N.p., 31 Jan. 2017. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

MySecureCyberspace. "Think Time: Teens and Social Networks." YouTube. YouTube, 12 June 2012. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.

Smith, Hilary. "How Teenage Girls' Self-Esteem Can Be Impacted by Social Media Pressure." Erika's Lighthouse Blog. N.p., 06 Sept. 2016. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.

Raes, Bridgette. "If You’re a Parent, Please Mind the Thigh Gap." Bridgette Raes Style Expert. N.p., 01 May 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

"Totally In Control." The Rise of Pro-anorexia and Pro-mia Websites. SIRC, n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.

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