Internet is firmly deep-rooted in the lives of teenagers, and nowthey cannot imagine their existence without having to visit theirsites on social networks at least once a day. The research resultsare quite disappointing on the psychological impact of socialnetworking sites on the minds of the massive daily teen users. Socialnetworking sites are relatively new, triggering huge interest in theWorld Wide Web users. Communication, information retrieval andfriends with the same interests, share news, listen to music,comments on friends posts, and watch videos and photos all theseseems always difficult to imagine if one lives without a profile on asocial networking site.
Thesis statement: even though some would arguethat social networking sites are constructive outlets that allowteens to develop self-confidence and keep contacts, many woulddisagree that instead social networking sites initiate backlog inschool, causes nervousness, and maketeens more self-absorbed, and as well distract them fromcommunication and learning in the real world.
Negative Effects of Social Media on Teens
Social networking sites due to their distinguishable features usuallykeeps timepiece near the user’s PC. Some of the distinguishingfeatures of these sites like finding of contacts, relationships andthe possibility of establishing greater connections and increasingthe number of online associates, is always the an ache in the craniumof any single system oriented teen. I can regard the lack of localand temporal restrictions in the connection with others and thecapability to stay connected to be the main reason why teenagersspend most of their time to these networks. The constant searchessometimes lead to extreme internet addiction, which ultimately mayhave on teen’s consequences, for instance, excessive fatigue, lackof proper sleep, and childhood obesity and backlog in school.
Many researchers have actually revealed that the formation andrecognition of personality causes nervousness in children, especiallyduring teenage years. Today, they are addicted to the Internet andsocial networks, and devote most of their time to the internet. Ifthey can spend the energy and time directly on mental and creativeactivities, it can pave way for the materialization of interests andpotential for existence in the society and preferring a suitablecareer corresponding to their wellbeing. Unfortunately, today’steens have given up work within the neighboring virtual world andhave omitted many of the social skills to set up bona fiderelationships with other individuals that is why they are on a dailybasis increasingly overwhelmed in the virtual world. Rather thandwelling on what they upset and alienated from the pleasure of humanrelationships and feelings, they are trying to attract the attentionof their online friends by posting photos and showing activities,while well aware that courtesy and encouragement of many friends donot come from pure heart. The other point is that finding friendsthrough social networks and chats, walks on anti-religious and pornsites, is a matter which affects the thoughts and minds of teens insexual, mental, moral and religious directions.
Social networks in real sense also do make teens more self-absorbed.IMom and many other social networking sites are designed for childrenwith pages that only offer children information, such as networkingsites resulting in children’s vulnerability to the idea that theentire globe rotates around them. This could have extremely harmfulconsequences in their future life. In addition, they deteriorate thesense of understanding.
I have also noted that teenage girls and boys away from the care ofrelations can also acclimatize themselves with each other in socialnetworking sites, create contacts, and establish affairs – affairsthat are complicated to maintain in the realistic world due to thefear of their family members or due to fear of stigma. Among theusers of the virtual world, there are criminals, rogues, andscoundrels who create fake profiles which are included in the fullexcitement of the world of teens and, taking advantage of theircredulity and simplicity, commit crimes, news of which causedistress. These networking sites can also accommodate materials andphotos of a pornographic nature, without any control. These imageshave devastating effects on the minds of teens, especially theadolescents, who may be accompanied by complications such as earlypuberty. In addition, demonstration of similar images in an openrelationship and uncontrolled virtual environment, no doubt graduallyhas a negative impact on the image of the relationship with theopposite sex beyond the customs of society.
Teens have as well have made signing on social networking sites arule, taking advantage of their unlimited possibilities impoverishestheir repertoire of manners, and conduct in the real world – theiractivities in real contact with other relations is noticeablyreduced.
With regard to educational sector, Social networks really distractteens from communication and learning in the real world. Manyinstructors claim that social networks diminish the level ofunderstanding of the topic. Researchers have also revealed thatchildren who do a lot of communication through the computer screenharm their capability to communicate in the real world – for instancebody language, and the like. Pediatricians have also noted that someteenagers also do suffer from the so-called Facebook depression[ CITATION OKe11 p 1 l 1033 ].After spending a lot of time on facebook, some teenagers becomerestless and prone to melancholy. Moreover, vulnerable teens are alsolikely to build up feelings of jealousy and greed when they begin tojudge their lives against their online friends[ CITATION Ste15 p 1 l 1033 ].Teenagers experiencing these disorders frequently face problems intheir social growth.
I frequently do take part in discussions and chats in many socialsites, and on several occasions have noted that teens using thosesites, especially facebook, are at a greater danger of suffering fromonline hate speech. It is usually more severe for the teen girls whousually bellow innuendoes online full of hate speech or rudebehavior. Before I finish, based on Boyd’s study, dynamic collisionis also a very big problem that negatively affects the teenmishandling of social networking sites. Various influences, more sothe influence of famous people and superstars through socialnetworking sites do give birth to confusion and damage of basicmorals in teenager.
To end with, there are set of laws and policies in each nation thatshould be implemented to regulate teenagers’ dominancy in socialnetworking sites in order to trim down these oversized negativeeffects resulting from over usage, and such set of laws should alsobe improved in line with the advancement in technology. The concernedauthorities must also carry out progressively adaptive regulations insuch a manner that can assist teenagers to live for the very brightfuture with no obstacles building up from social media.
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