How does Social Media affect teens? Social media can be a very useful resource but some people believe it affects teenagers lives in negative ways.


Willpower - control exerted to do something or restrain impulses. When a person does not want to do something and holds off they have willpower.

Millennial- A young person born around the 21st century. People ages 18-34 are considered millennials and are considered Generation Y

Deterrent - Something that discourages someone from doing something.

When will people outgrow the internet?

According to psychologists and neurologists, interviewed by Geoffrey A. Fowler, our brains can easily be taken over due to social media being on our mind 24/7. Society can be easily manipulated when they are using social media so often. The main reason why people are so obsessed is because they have instant access to so many online sources that they may forget about what’s in front of them. With all the internet has to offer, people will never seem to let go due to large, constantly changing information. One reason why people may choose cut down their time on social media is because employers have started to use it against employees. According to ZDNet, “Employers often may check current employees before maybe giving them a promotion or a bonus and if they find foul content you may lose that opportunity.” People may never outgrow the internet but they are going to have to cut down and decrease their time due to other more important things that our lives depend on. The current obsession with the internet is starting to affect how people act in public, at their jobs, or other professional settings. People must learn how to limit and manage their time on social media in order to fully experience the world outside of social media. There are many ways other than the internet to learn useful skills and information that may benefit yourself in the future.

When will people come to reality about social media?

Some people may or may not ever come to terms with letting go of social media. While, a recent study from the Journal of the Royal Society Interface has shown that the amount of time that is spent consistently scrolling through our cell phone, it may reflect on how we may behave in public, how to properly speak to one another, and even how we make an important decision without knowledge of what to do or how to properly handle situations. One example of this is in the current generation, there are many scandals that happen due to the improper abuse of social media. This can severely affect people's lives and mental health. Social media is an illusion that everyone has a huge fascination with because it informs us with news, gives us access to information, and helps keep in contact with friends and family. “When Pew Research Center began tracking social media adoption in 2005, just 5% of American adults used at least one of these platforms. By 2011 that share had risen to half of all Americans, and today 69% of the public uses some type of social media.” This statistic has continued to increase in the last few years even though at times it slightly decreased but it has increased drastically.

Why would someone follow a person they do not know in real life?

On average, in the United States, 88% of teenagers, ages 18-29 are active on Facebook or other social media sites. In the majority of teenagers lives, they are in a fragile state of mind. Teenagers go through several phases. According to medical researchers, “During the second decade of life, the frontal lobe is undergoing significant growth and development. The frontal lobe is the portion of the brain that allows reasoned decision making.” Teenagers are in the midst of growing and do not possess the common knowledge needed to make appropriate decisions that affect how their lives may turn out. Curiosity is a normal feeling that every teenager or even adults experience in life. Due to curiosity and many other factors, people tend to follow another person’s social media account even if they do not know them personally. One example of a situation that causes teenagers to seek online presence is “teens who face temporary or continuing challenges -- including personal mental health issues, difficulties in school, and/or challenges in relationships with family or friends [they] are at high risk online. They are not likely to pay attention to obvious risks or make good choices. They are highly vulnerable to manipulation by dangerous individuals or groups because they are seeking attention.” Overall, the main reason people follow strangers online is due to curiosity.

How does interacting with people online, help you learn to become more social with your peers?

There are many positive aspects of using social media including finding people with the same interests as you, having your confidence boosted, and learning to share your opinions and ideas online. According to the Huffington Post, “For everyone who uses it, social media at least promotes and encourages communication and lends to more modern ways of learning and communicating. Not only do they lend to more efficiency in our rapidly evolving technologically advanced society, but social media sites are also some of the best ways to positively influence people by sharing your opinions.” Interacting online usually helps boost a person’s social skills by helping them learn to hold a conversation with somebody they may not otherwise have the courage to speak to face to face. It may even give you a large amount of courage to open up more to the people you may have never spoken to before. Several people often seek acceptance from others in the real world but instead use social media as way of trying achieve that need for attention. “As of April of 2016, 1,590 million people are active on Facebook.” Facebook is the most actively used social media site that helps people interact online, become social, get ideas out there, and boosts confidence.

Why does social media allow terrorist groups to post publicly.

Social media sites such as Twitter can be used for a variety of reasons. Some companies use Twitter to reach out to potential customers and receive in return loyal customers. Unfortunately, recent events have led to terrorist groups such as ISIS to publicly post graphic content and recruit young men from all over the world. “The ISIS propaganda machine is equal parts frightening and surreal: Prisoners who are about to be beheaded are fitted with lavalier microphones; synchronized murders are set to booming chorales; brutal clips of death and martyrdom are stitched together with Final Cut Pro” (Brooking). These disturbing videos were universally viewed by millions of people. ISIS was trying to make a point that Americans should fear them. Twitter eventually took down the graphic content due to violating their regulations for their website. This was only after millions already viewed. Subcommittee Chair Ted Poe (TX-R) said “that groups like ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) have hosted press conferences, raised money on Twitter, and other social media, likening such practices to letting our enemies take out an ad in the New York Times during World War II” (Terrorism And Social Media). Several believe that most social media sites are not doing everything they can to ensure terrorist groups are kept from posting anything they want.

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