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Social Media Has Caused Many Negative Effects on Teens

Along with the progress of human technology, our way of life is also evolving. Former people need to write letters to get in touch with each other by spending a long time. Now, social media appears in our life which people can quickly keep in touch with friends from the other side, no matter wherever they are. What is Social Media? Social Media can be websites or applications (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) as apps on smartphones which can let people share their content (events, opinions, videos or photos) in real-time with other people. From the past to the present, we can clearly realize that Social Media has brought us much convenience, but there are many youths who cannot control themselves and it has caused many serious negative effects on them.
One of the impacts is that teens become addicted by Social Media and can’t live without it. Whiteman said, it was found that 63% of American they are browsing on Facebook website every day and they usually use it not only one time. There are a variety reasons that people use Social Media. From examining the findings, some people prefer to look at their friends or acquaintances’ pages to see what are they doing, while others may just want to post something on Facebook when they are upset. However, according to experts’ analysis could be concluded that the most important reason using Social Media that they can do something to go through the time when they are bored (Whiteman, 2015).
Some people say that Social Media won’t let people become addicted and dependent. The social Media can give people more convenient to have a conversation with others. They say, the social networking is so easy to contact with friends that we don’t have to go outside to have dating and we just stay at home using devices to contact. However, people who using Social Media have become dependent on their phones. In the present, you can see many people use their phones in everywhere and every moment. For example, people who have a dinner in a restaurant with their friends and you can see they use their phones and talk with their friends in the virtual world instead to have a pleasant conversation with friends who are around them. Many people in nowadays they spend so much time on their phones using by Social Media that they have forgotten how much time they wasted on their phones instead to have other meaning things to do. Social Media is very addictive. Most of the people I know are checking and communicating on social networking sites all day. They don’t know how much time they waste on Social Media. In other words, most people use Social Media to communicate with others every day and it gradually became addictive. Most of them even didn’t know how much time that they spend on Social Media per day.
Another influence on teens by using Social Media is about Social communication.
In other words, Nicholas Dantuono asserts using Social Media may have influence of communication; talk to other people is necessary and very important in our life which is unavoidable. Due to wherever we go, we meet people and we have to talk to people. Social skills are from childhood when you communicate with others through gradual progress. Teens’ period is the most important time. They supposed to learn things in their age, but they are affected by Social Media in current. If we don’t pay attention to this situation seriously, their social skills will not be as good as adults in nowadays (Nicholas Dantuono, 2015). However, there are also positive effects:
What Nicholas Dantuono really means is that using Social Media also has some positive ways. Teenagers are also a stressful age because of their study, family or uncertainty of the future. The use of social media and the ability to keep in touch with friends may have a positive impact on relationships among contemporaries. Since they are under pressure, chatting with friends can become a way to relieve their stress and can have a positive relationship with friends. Through the connectivity and make use of social media, teens can maintain strong relationships with their friends who have the same age and help them to face with stress. If social media is used correctly, just like maintaining relationships, teenagers’ social skills must not be reduced so much (Nicholas Dantuono, 2015). In addition, teens spend more time on online instead of interacting with people in real life. Everyone can look at their smartphones any time using Social Media. Since Social Media becoming more common, it is more convenient to get in touch with friends on online than face to face, so people gradually prefer to communicate on online. In a study which surveyed 280 high school students, most of them use Social Media and majority said that they are more comfortable to keeping in touch on Social Media than face to face. Some people say that using Social Media won’t affect peoples’ social skills. Using Social Media can reduce the time and distance to communicate with each other. For example, a member of family is on a business trip and you want to contact him/her. You won’t write a letter or go to the place where he/she is, but you can use Social Media to contact him/her.

Another problem is cyber bullying which people overlook the harm of words on Social Media. Although these words are not spoken face to face in real life, they also are harmful doing on online. Cyber bullying has happened often on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter because people can write anything about it. What is cyber bullying? Cyber bullying refers to people who bullying or harassing another person on the internet. It can be in many ways such as spreading rumors of someone, spending mean information or threats to a person’s email or cellphone or sending a damaging message by burglarizing someone’s account.
Cyberbullying Research Center has made a research and shows cyberbullying statistics:
There are about half teens who use Social Media have experienced the situation of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has divided into several familiar ways such as demagoguery, hurtful and aggressive comments. Boys are being cyberbullying easier than girls and victims of cyberbullying would consider to suicide (“Cyber Bullying Statistics”).
It is evident from the data that most people who use smartphone have met cyber bullying and some of them happened often to them. There are many forms of cyber bullying and there are some most common types. For instance, a hurtful comment, spreading rumors, or mean to other people on the internet by using Social Media.
Dave Harte states, when they face to face, there are some words that they dare to say, but people can have a conversation or write whatever they want on Social Media, they are not worried about getting trouble from somebody and don’t have to take any responsibility for what they said. In addition, if you think it only happened to girls, you are wrong. From previous research, boys have met the situation more often than girls. Since they have often suffered in such bad situations, it might make them feel depressed, and they are going to commit suicide (Dave Harte). However, there is also some upside for teens that use Social Media. According to Katie Hurley, teenagers who are not easy get along with peers face to face or have difficulty of social skills, it might be a good method to let them communicate on Social Media and find support instead being isolated (Katie Hurley).
Next, using Social Media can be damaging people’s mental health. The most serious problem is that social media has caused lack of sleep to teens. From examining the findings, teenagers who spend at least 1 hour on Social Media such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. These teenagers had more sleep problems comparing to those who had restricted use of Social Media.
In the other words, Robyn Treyvaud asserts teenagers need more sleep than adults, but they don’t. In the present, teens are used to scrolling their phones on bed before they prepare for sleep. Browsing on the Social Media, the information may let their mind keep awake. Teenagers need to sleep 8-10 hours per day, but they didn’t reach this standard. If you don’t sleep sufficiently, it might cause unhealthy. For example, you are not concentrated on the next day and you cannot study well in school, you will have acnes on your face because of lack sleep or become irritable, stressed or anxious (Robyn Treyvaud).
The other issue is comparing with others which may cause depressed on teenagers.
Katie Hurley said, people who using the Social Media like Facebook, they will become depressed because people will compare with others and they will have negative feelings such as discouraged, embarrassed or depressed. Facebook depression is a new term that refers to depression that develops because of children and teens spending a lot of time on social media sites and begins to experience depression as a result. When teens compare themselves to photos of others and the illusion of others’ better lives, they can experience decreased self-esteem and depression.
In conclusion, the progress of science and technology in many fields has made peoples’ life more advanced and convenient. The progress of science and technology has a direct and positive impact on people’s way of life. On the other hand, it also indirectly and negatively affects peoples’ health. Although what is happening is not changing, we can find a more active and correct way to use Social Media to make young people live in a healthy environment.


Nicholas Dantuono (2015). “How Social Media is Effecting Social and Communication Skills Among Adolescents.” Retrieved April 27, 2018. From https://slwrig02.expressions.syr.edu/spring2015wrt205/2015/03/28/how-social-media-is-effecting-social-and-communication-skills-among-adolescents/

Honor Whiteman (2015). “Social Media: How does it affect our mental health and well-being?” Retrieved April 27, 2018. From https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275361.php

“Social Media Bullying Has Become a Serious Problem.” Retrieved April 27, 2018. From https://nobullying.com/social-media-bullying-has-become-a-serious-problem/

“Cyber Bullying Statistics.” Retrieved April 27, 2018.
From http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

Robyn Treyvaud: “The Negative Effects Of Social Media On Teens.” Retrieved April 27, 2018.
From https://wanglefamilyinsites.com/advice/negative-effects-of-social-media-on-teens/

Katie Hurley: “Social Media and Teens: How Does Social Media Affect Teenagers’ Mental Health.” Retrieved April 27, 2018. From https://www.psycom.net/social-media-teen-mental-health