How does social media affect teens

Ever find yourself bumping into another student in the hallway or another student bumping into you. It may be that they are horse playing, the halls are too crowded, or you are simply just not watching where you are going. Here at North Springs, many of the faculty blames it on the technology.

We all have our own reasons for using social media. Some of us like to look at other people’s status updates and photos, while others use the sites as a way to vent their emotions.

According to Dr. Shannon M. Rauch, of Benedictine University at Mesa, AZ, “one of the main reasons we use social media is for self-distraction and boredom relief.”

Many students are so drawn to social media and technology, that they can not see where they are going. This does not apply to just walking, but driving as well.

Senior Yasmine Summerset is clealrly entertained by Instragram.

Senior Yasmine Summerset is clearly entertained by Instragram.

More than 40 years on from 1971 , social media has taken the world by storm. Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are now used by 1 in 4 people worldwide.

On average, American teens spend 7.6 hours a month using social media, with the majority of individuals accessing social networking sites through cell phones.

You may think that having all of these social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chatm, and Instagram are important and that you are being active with friends, but they are affecting you in ways that you have not noticed .

According to Rachel Ehmke from the Child Mind Institute says, “experts worry that social media and floods of text messages that have become too integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem in the young people who use it.”

Whether it is after or during homework time students are online or on their cell phones, texting scrolling, retweeting, sharing, you name it. Social media is known for keeping us occupied.

Some clinical psychologist have spoken out about how kids are missing out on very critical social skills. In a way, texting and online communicating does not create a nonverbal learning disability, but it puts everybody in a nonverbal disabled context, where body language, facial expression, and even the smallest kinds of vocal reactions are rendered invisible.”

Social media is helping put a barrier on clear communication, and learning how to make friends which is a big part of growing up. In life you are faced with many obstacles, big or small and you have to know how to deal with them.

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