There are both positives and negatives on social media. Aside from distracting teens, exposing, and disturbing their sleep. It can also be a very positive platform. Teens are able to communicate and post pictures and videos. Social media also allows teens to meet new people from far away and keep in close contact with family members who may not live nearby. Some teens may feel less lonely because of some social media users. Snapchat and Instagram have a huge impact on teens' emotions. Bullying, spreading rumors, and harassment has been a big deal over the past years. This causes suicides and many early deaths to teens. According to some, social media has increased young suicides, isolation, cyber-bullying, and depression.
The fear of missing out (FOMO) means other teens fearing that they are missing out, whether it is with parties or other social events. Other teens can be upset because of low self-esteem and body image. An excessive amount of time spent on social media can hurt teens emotionally, create harmful thoughts, and make individuals a danger to themselves. For example, “The Impact of Social Media on Society,” written by Jacob Amedie of Santa Clara University, states that teenagers develop anxiety and depression amidst their complex relationship with social media.
In some people's lives, social media can cause harm to friendships and relationships. A study showed a couple that was together, ended up sharing more information than information that is useful. Once in a while, positive posts are appropriate. People should not share everything on social media because of jealousy or making negative comments on posts. Others might find some things offensive that means we have to watch what we post. Comparing their lives to others’ is mentally unhealthy for them.
Those are many of the positives and negatives of social media and how it affects teens and their mental health. Bullying and harassment have negative effects. There are many positives about social media such as it gives people a way to communicate with friends and family from far away.
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