#Editorial

Social media and youth!

Feb 26, 2021, 10:37 AM

With the increase of technology and social platforms, more teens are getting connected, which leads to an alarming increase of time spent online. The more teens use social media, the more addicted they become, which means more harm than good can happen.

It is not a surprise that teens are becoming more connected. With current technological advances and the increasing accessibility of the internet, social media has become a part of the daily routine for most. Smartphones make it increasingly easy to access platforms at any time of the day, and most use social media to communicate with others without meeting them physically. This makes social media addicting because it allows users to connect with ease at their own comfort.

Teenagers are exposed to more as they increase their use of social media, and the content they are exposed to may not always be beneficial. There is highly explicit content ranging in multiple topics that are not suitable for a younger audience. As teenagers grow increasingly dependent on social media, there are higher risks of exposing them to this content. Take Youtube, for example. Youtube is a platform where many creators make content for others to view. One of the biggest influencers on this platform is Logan Paul, who has an audience primarily consisting of younger teens. In 2018, Paul released a video in which he showed a blurred corpse of someone who committed suicide in Aokigahara Forest in Japan. This video garnered over six million views before it was taken down. After the backlash Paul received, there were many younger viewers who came to his defense, calling his actions a “mistake.” This not only shows the exposure of mature content to young audiences, but also makes it seem that these actions are justified, which they should not be.

Advocates of increased use of social media among teens say that social media makes it easier for teens to communicate with others. Teens mainly use social media, specifically texting, to communicate with their friends. According to a report from Common Sense Media, “Convenience is the main reason why teens prefer texting, with 30% saying that they prefer it because it’s the quickest, and 23% because it’s the easiest way to get in touch with one another.” This, however, is difficult for some as most of the people around them are constantly connected to their phones. This can lead to tension in their relationships because both parties are constantly on technology, and lead the other one to do the same just to communicate.

Though social media has become an integral part of the daily lives of teens, the excessive use of social media can be harmful to today’s youth, so there needs to be a way to decrease social media use as a whole before others get addicted.

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