Professor Galligan The Dangers of Social Media

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Elizabeth Oyebade


Professor Galligan

The Dangers of Social Media

Have you ever taken notice on how much the media has influenced your life? Nowadays, millions of people are using social media such as Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram, along with several other sites. Due to the increased use of the internet, social media has also rapidly increased. Social media has several advantages. However, it can be abused in several different ways by kids as young as 10 years old to teenagers as old as 19 years old if we are not careful. We need to understand and monitor the use of social media starting with young children. Social Media changes the outlook of younger children’s reality in life with the affect in depicting what’s advertised through television, magazines, and the internet through media.

Social Media is the reason for many of the world’s problems and solutions. It can be used to raise awareness for an important cause, but it can also be used to spread hate, especially between kids and teenagers. Instead of saying goodbye to friends at school and waiting to see them the next day, social media has allowed kids and teenagers to take their life online. In discussions of social media, one controversial issue has been that social media is good for the children. On one hand, some people argue social media to be okay for children to use freely. On the other hand, other people even contend social media to be used by children with regulation. My own view is that we should understand and regulate the use of social media by teenagers and children because overusing social media can create mental or physical disorder and violence.

In the last 50 years, the media influence has grown with newly advanced technology today from telegraphs, to radios, to newspapers, magazines, television and now the internet. The amount of violence on television has drastically increased because TV shows, movies, and music videos shows how kids, especially teenagers imitate the actions of what they see or hear from their role model allowing them not to be able to differentiate the reality from fiction of what they are seeing. In the article “Impact of media use on children and youth” the Canadian Paediatric Society points that “More than 1000 studies confirm that exposure to heavy doses of television violence increases aggressive behavior of teenager” saying that the aggressive behavior is being caused by the teen’s exposure to violence portrayed on television. Social Media has the potential to contribute to low self-esteem, leaving some users with painful feelings of worthlessness, incompetence, and inadequacy as they compare themselves to others users. The article “Social Media’s potential influence on Eating Disorders” shows that “A recent study found that college-aged Facebook users felt worse about themselves after spending time on the social network site” because seeing images and content leads them to believe that others have “perfect” lives or bodies, allowing some adolescent girls and young women to feel like they don’t measure up. Now knowing the negative effects of how social media has influences children and teenager’s lives, here are some solutions that could be taking into considerations to limit these negative effects.

With the negative influence, social media has on children, adults need to do help limit the impact it has on youth. Parents should be more involved in what their children are viewing because excessive television viewing can result to excessive weight gain and poor fitness level because in the article “The role of Media in childhood obesity” Vicky Rideout states that “Children snack excessively while using media, and they eat less healthy meals when eating in front of the TV” meaning that obesity has increased because kids eat unhealthy food while they are watching TV. In order to reduce obesity, parents need to limit children televisions time and encourage their kids to do more physical activities, they also need to make them invest their time in reading, studying, and force them to engage in social activities. Parents are not the only solution to the social media problems. The media should also have some take part in what should and should not be advertised basically the media should not advertised what they think is acceptable and be more diverse in its advertisements to all types of people and encourage positive attitudes to one’s self esteem, and they also need to be a more constructive viewing of what people are exposed to rather than to what they can make money off. Taking into consideration of what solutions can change the views of media, there should be a vision for the future.

In this sense, social media can hinder people to improve their talents. People think social media is good place to show their talents or works what they did. For example, they argue people can share video clip what they playing the instruments or dancing or singing. However, if you are not good at those things and if you spend time to do social media, it would be hard to improve your talents. Using social media steals your time what really want to do. If you do not pay attention, your time would go very fast, and it could not be returned. If you read books, or study, exercise, or practice something that you want to do instead of using social media, it would be much better for you and your future life. Through possible solutions, a vision for the future is that the media can be turned into something more than a negative impact on children but more so of an open range of ideas and things children and people can be exposed to in a positive way then to what they think has to be accepted to fit into the society. In that vision, there would be more advertisement subjected to what children are exposed to, also the government and the media would take part in what’s advertised publicly.

Social media has been the reason for many of the world’s problems and solutions. Today I spoke to you about the awareness of media and the negative affects it has on children, the solutions of how media, parents, and the government can be involved to control what’s advertised, and a vision of the future to limit these effects to bring awareness. As though this problem cannot be changed immediately, with not enough awareness and complaints to what children are exposed to we ourselves can start by monitoring what our younger siblings are exposed to. Media has a string impact on what children are set to believe in through all types of media. So, bring awareness to change what your younger siblings and future children are exposed to through publicity.
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