In the recent couple of years, we have seen a rapid growth in using internet as a primary channel of communication. The fact that all kinds of internet social media have experienced an incredibly rapid growth and popularity, has led to attracting attention from variety of researchers globally. As time passes, almost everybody, from young to old, have accepted the changes that online social media has brought with it. While almost all generations are using at least one kind of social media, it is the teenagers that have embraced this new trend to the extreme. These days, the vast majority of children are growing up surrounded by all kinds of mobile devices and interactive social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, thus making the social media one of the most important aspects of their life. These social media sites have millions upon millions of members and they allow them to share photos, videos, text messages, and more at any point in time. As with the adults, social media has basically transformed the way children and teenagers communicate with adults and among themselves. There is a very high probability that maybe your child is using some kind of social media, which probably sometimes leads you to wondering what are the positive and negative effects of social media on your child and basically everyone else using it.
The obvious fact is that today social network plays an all important role in the lives of teenagers. The great majority of them are spending at least one hour in these popular social media websites. According to some recent studies, generally, 1 out of 7 minutes which are spent online by most of those who can access internet is spent on Facebook or Twitter. The big question is how can spending all that time on the social media sites have a positive effect on them. Well, it falls down to the basic need of teenagers today, and that their need to know what is happening around them and around the globe. That need is satisfied through the use of social media as it helps the teenagers to communicate and share information even if they are many miles apart. It can also help them to connect with people from school and gain access to some new areas of knowledge, thus bettering their education. Also, social media websites have enabled young people to create online groups and pages which are based on their shared discipline in order to build connections which can be later beneficial in their professional carriers.
However, with the positive sides of using social media also come the negative sides. Paradoxically, while social media enables young people to reach out and connect with each other, it can also create a feeling of isolation among them. The fact that traditional face-to-face communication has been replaced with on-screen communication through written words and images is somewhat troubling as it can lead to a number of emotional, psychological, physical and mental problems which include anxiety, depression and many other. Other disadvantages of social media include the development of poor language skills, exposing underaged children to online predators and cyber bullying.
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