September 21, 2018
The Power of Social Media
We are connected around the world today through the internet. the internet today has shaped the world into a technological place where opportunities are made, where information can be freely distributed and most importantly, the use of social media consumption. Social media has been the pinnacle of staying connected around the world as it comes in many forms. Facebook, the most popular site, is used to stay connected and interact with friends and family. Snapchat is an app that lets you take pictures, lets you send those pictures to friends and will erase once opened. Instagram is a picture app that lets you see posts of pictures of people you follow. Lastly, Twitter is the place where you can post thoughts or opinions into “tweets” that people who follow you can see. Social media has helped many people in finding new friends, creating new relationships, & opening many doors of opportunities to improve quality of life. With the use of all the social media platforms, it seems that social media only impacts us in a positive manner when in fact, it is the cons that actually outweigh the pros. In my personal opinion, i think social media has done a great deal of elevating cyber-bullying, causing misinformation/ fake news and reducing productivity due to addiction. If not used properly, social media will continue to cause these issues unless we as a society are properly educated to use and mitigate social media consumption.
As the internet becomes more powerful, so does social media. with an increasing number of teenagers and young adults on social media platforms we run a higher risk of cyber bullying. We are seeing a shift as students traditionally engaged in face-to-face physical bullying has now transcended into a new type of bullying online effecting more of the mental side to it. it has been reported that “Online bullying typically targets victims with hurtful rumors, embarrassing photos, or other mean spirited information.” (Susan). With the internet in our hands, Instagram, Facebook and twitter have opened up the gates to a new frontier of online bullying, according to the article “Bullying and Cyber bullying.”, the percentage of U.S. teens with cellphones grew from 45% to 71%. By. 2015 nearly three-quarters of teens had access to a smartphone and more than 90% went online daily. Furthermore, “Those trends helped to fuel a rise in suicides linked to cyber bullying.”. Victims of Cyber bullying can be as young as 10 years old that could potentially take their lives over mean spirited rumors and personal attacks posted on social media sites. we must do a good job to properly educate the younger generation to use social media.
Another way that social media affects society us misinformation that spreads out. According to the article “Social Media and Fake news in the 2016 election”, the article discusses why social media can play a major role in giving out fake news or misinformation to the whole world. Following the 2016 presidential campaign, many expressed a great deal of concern regarding false stories and petty rumors through social media. Matthew Gentzkow and Allcott hunt state that “people are much more likely to believe stories that favor their preferred candidate, especially it they have ideologically segregated social media networks.”. We can conclude that with Social media in the mix, we will tend to show a biased point towards a certain candidate with out critically thinking and analyzing the situation. The problem is that so much information is freely distributed and its hard to tell what is credible and what is fake. It makes it more complicated on finding what the real truth is. By no means i am saying we should censor bad information out and censor what we put on social media but rather we should critically think and analyze the situation in order to distinguish what is true and what is not true.
The final way that social media effects society comes within ourselves. I cannot speak for everybody but talking through my own experience. Social media can be our very own worst enemy as it can reduce productivity and cause addiction. In the Article, “Social Networking addiction: Emerging themes and Issues”, the article explains the behavioral problems along with addiction linked to social media. researches explain that the excessive use of technology may be problematic to young people. It is claimed that those people who are addicted to social media platforms experience similar symptoms to those who experienced by individuals who suffer from substance abuse or other forms of addiction. Through my personal experience, I used social media as a coping mechanism. I used to to relieve stress, to pass by the time and to make myself look busy. For a while it served me as a temporary form of happiness whenever i would get on it. That’s where the addiction came into play as i would constantly look at my phone for notifications to see who liked my newest picture or that funny post on twitter. It was then when i realized that i was only doing it to make myself feel good. To have that constant gratification and the feeling of acceptance from everybody within social media. In the long run, it only made me feel bad about myself as i always compared myself to other people who were “living” their best life online. I would then retaliate back to post even more content exposing myself even more telling the whole world that I am happy when in fact i really wasn’t. Even to this day I am still addicted going on social media to see what is going on and to serve as a coping mechanism. Who knows, maybe one day i’ll break out of this habit realize the damage that it is doing to my mental health.
Social Media has paved its way to the topped and has given a lot of opportunities to people around us. it is truly remarkable that we live in an age almost anything is possible with the use of social media. But it carries its baggage as well. With Cyber bullying, we must teach our younger generation the consequences of social media if cyber bullying is taken to far. We must also teach society as a whole to critically think and analyze what you see on social media if it is true or not. And lastly i must learn myself to mitigate myself to be on social media as it affects my well being. Is it possible for us to achieve something like this? I strongly believe that if we do this, we would head to a better path in our society.
Works Cited page
- Ladika, Susan. “Bullying and Cyberbullying.” CQ Researcher, 2 Feb. 2018, pp. 97-120, library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2018020200
This article discusses about Cyber bullying and stories of kids and even adults who have been cyber bullied. the article also shows statistics of cyber bullying and a timeline of how cyber bullying rose to trends. Victims if Cyber bullying can be as young as 10 years old that could potentially take their lives over mean spirited rumors, and personal attacks posted on social media sites. The percentage of public schools report that students engaged in Cyber Bullying increased 4.1% between the years 2009-10 and 2015-16 school years.
2. Allcott, hunt and Matthew Gentzkow. 2017. “social Media and Fake news in the 2016 Election. “Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(2):211-36
In this article, it discusses the economics of fake news and why it affects social media. Following the 2016 presidential election, many experts have expressed concern of false stories circulating through social media. According to the article, people are much more likely to believe stories that favor their preferred candidate, especially if they have ideologically segregated social media networks.
3.Griffiths MD (2013) Social Networking Addiction:Emerging themes and Issues. J Addict Res Ther4:e118.doi10,4172/2155-6105.1000e118
This article explains the behavioral problems linked with addiction to social media. According to the article, Researchers explain that the excessive use of technology may be problematic to young people. it is claimed that those people who are addicted to social media platforms experience similar symptoms to those who experienced by individuals who suffer from substance abuse or other forms of addiction. Through personal experience, Social networking can be used as a coping mechanism to relieve stress, loneliness, and depression. it is temporary cure of happiness when it also can provide us self-efficacy and satisfaction thus engaging into social media further and further until it becomes an addiction.