Outline-SocialMedia and Teenagers
Theonline world is becoming more complicated year after the other, andsome of the teenagers have been lost in its dark depth. Media plays asignificant role in the people’s lives. It influences theactivities that people undertake by a great deal. It is not easy tofind adults falling into the same trap teenagers are the most commongroup. Young adults are as well not much susceptible to the same.Social media refers to a category of online media where people canbookmark, network, share files and other media, participate invarious events, and talk (Leung 424-439). Most of the social mediaplatforms encourage people to share, comment, vote, feedback, anddiscuss information. Social media might also be defined asapplications and websites where people meet new (mostly virtual)friends or groups where members have the same interests theyexchange information and develop social networks.
Thisessay will discuss how social media lowers the quality of the livesof teenagers. It will explain how the effects that the social mediahas on the cognitive and social lives of the teenagers. Most of theavailable literature covers the effects of social media on teens butfail to look at how it affects the quality of their lives. In anytechnologically dynamic and developing world, the people’s livesare bound to be more complicated and moved by the innovations made.Therefore, since teenagers are the most affected groups in thesociety by the advancements in the social media, the essay will givean account of the effects that the social media has on the quality ofthe teenagers. Does it deteriorate their lives or causes anappreciation or both? This is the question that this research workwill be attempting to answer.
Mainpoint #1:Social media affects the health of teenagers, which ultimatelyaffects their progress in life.
Forthis point, I intend to use sources that explain the various healtheffects that the social media has on the heavy users who areparticularly the youth. I will use one paragraph to explain thehealth risks that the teenagers are prone to while using the socialmedia in an intensive way. The teens spend many hours a day on theinternet, and this reduces the hours that they should sleep bearingthat they have to spare some time for other daily activities in theirlives (Bor et al. 606-616). The quality of sleep mostly affects thosewho stay online even at night. Lack of enough sleep has variousmedical effects that the heavy internet users are likely to beaffected by. This point is strong support for the thesis. When theteenagers spend more hours on the web, and their sleep is affected,various health issues will underlay this. Examples of these healthproblems are depression and schizophrenia according to Miller et al.(458-463). Therefore, this affects the lives of teenagers for theworst. However, if they use the internet in the appropriate way,these problems cannot be found. The quality of the teenagers’ livescan, therefore, be affected by the excessive use of social mediathrough the increased risks of poor mental health.
Mainpoint #2:Social media makes the teenagers, especially the heavy users, to havea feeling of anxiety and lose self-esteem.
Here,I will use two paragraphs to explain the other effects that thesocial media has on teenagers, and that affect the quality of theirlives. These issues are a feeling of being anxious and lowself-esteem. Research shows that the kids who use social mediaplatforms grow with more anxiety and low self-esteem. Various thingscause the children to lose self-esteem and have self-doubt. There ispower in the visual images on social media platforms that are verydisorienting. Some of the teenagers say that they never found anylife without social media and the things that happen due to such arereal, for example, breakups, dislikes, likes, negative and comments,among others (Strasburger 655-657). The experiences that the teenshave in the social media thus reduce their self-confidence over somethings like the ones listed.
Afeeling of anxiety is as well created by the visual images found onthe social media. The visual images communicate a lot and veryexplicitly. They make them have a feeling of anxiety. They long to dothe things they see others do, especially the adults on the socialmedia, for example, going out for raves or being told what is rightto do and what is wrong not to do. They tend to long for theseactivities, which sometimes ruin them. These two points about anxietyand a feeling of self-doubt contribute to the lowering of the qualityof the lives of the teenagers. Once people start doubting themselvesabout their ability to do something, then they are more likely not toaccomplish it. The feeling of anxiety created also can ruin them andmake them experience hard times in their lives as they try to dothings to fit in the larger society.
Mainpoint #3:With the psychological effect that the social media has on heavyusers, their lives are negatively affected, or in other words, thequality of their lives is lowered.
Thereare several psychological effects that the social media has on aheavy user teenager. Cyberbullying is one of them, and it refers to aperson’s behavior that causes discomfort feelings on another personon the internet. According to O`Keeffe and Clarke-Pearson,cyberbullying ranges from emails that are threatening to a person orare unpleasant to massive internet activities such as trolling(800-804). 32% of the teens on social media have reported having beenthreatened by others through menace online messages (Marwick and Boyd1051-1067). This report shows that the teens are significantlyaffected psychologically by cyberbullying. The people who do thebullying are not much affected by the same since they do notexperience the reactions of the victim, but it can cost the victims alot trying to fix the reason for the bully.
Mainpoint #4:Other effects of social media that lower the quality of theteenagers’ lives includes being disconnected from the reality,sharing too much information, and privacy loss (Ives 98).
Iwill develop evidence for my argument from a primary source. Theinformation in primary sources provides first-hand information andthus, are more reliable than the secondary ones. The research byZhang et al. show that 44 teenagers of 1000 surveyed shared much oftheir personal information on Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace(453-457). However, they claimed that the information is being usedagainst them. Posting too much of personal information on the socialmedia causes digital footprint, and this leads to the loss ofprivacy.
Iwill use the strategy of echoing the introduction to conclude mywork. I will emphasize on the thesis, and this will provide ajustification for the reader that the essay answered the researchquestions. The conclusion will be a summation of all the points.
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