Effects Of Social Media On Teenagers

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In a world engulfed by social media, how does social media affect America’s teenage population? Teenagers are affected by social media in a plethora of ways social media platforms affect teenagers, from lack of sleep and poor quality sleep all the way to social anxiety, anxiety ,and depression. Many apps and websites even allow for teenagers to receive answer to school work through online chat room designed for cheating. A plethora of reasons exists as to how social media could effect teenegers, but the most substantial, most common, and most harmful way social media affects America’s teenage population is the use of social media to harm another person, more commonly known as cyber bullying. Through apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and…show more content…
Club Penguin for example is an older online virtual reality game that allows for people to live life as a penguin, you can build houses, get jobs and even grocery shop, but this is providing teenagers with a false sense of reality. Often time children become socially anxious when they have to step out of that online world and face reality, and this is when social media is creating an epidemic of anxiety and depression. Snapchat is one of the largest of these platforms. Snapchat is an app that allows people to send pictures that only last up to ten seconds, as messages back and forth to one other. Within these past few years snapchat has grown. Snapchat originated as an app that was for men and women who wanted to be able to send risky pictures of themselves and not have the paper trail. Now teenegers have changed the platform to a form of a chatroom. Teenagers simply chat with one other, but when it comes time to have to communicate with a person face to face, they start to struggle. This struggle they are facing is known as social anxiety. “Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. You could say social anxiety is the fear, and anxiety of being negatively judged, and evaluated by other people. It is a pervasive disorder and causes anxiety, and fear in most all areas of a…show more content…
Cyber bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully another person. According to KidsHealth.org, “cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. By definition, it occurs among young people. When an adult is involved, it may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyberstalking, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time.” (KidsHealth.org, 2018). One of today’s most knows about cyber bullying cases is the one of Amanda Todd. Todd was a fifteen years old girl, from Canada, who committed suicide in the fall of 2012, due to the horrific cyber bullying she endured. Todd was blackmailed by a man she met online to expose her breasts via webcam, after this event, Todd faced a myriad of other issues, eventually she became extremely depressed which was then lead into suicidal thoughts then actions. Todd fought a lot through her young life, she was forced to switch school, began a new relationship, and was physically beaten by a woman. Todd who was taking many antidepressants, overdosed on them in an attempt to commit suicide, she was hospitalized for two days, and released. After her release she went through therapy, and was placed on a medical watch. Amanda Todd was eventually put on an antidepressant medication, however, on October 10, 2012, Todd was found by her father hanging from her bedroom

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