Start raising concerns about social media's negative impact on today's generation.

Start raising concerns about social media's negative impact on today's generation.

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Social media is an important part of many teenagers' lives. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of nearly 750 13- to 17-year-old, 45 percent are almost always online and 97 percent use a social media platform such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.

But what effect does social media have on today's generation?

Social media is used by many for entertainment and self-expression. Furthermore, the platforms can expose teenagers to current events, allow them to interact across geographic boundaries, and teach them about a variety of topics, including healthy behaviours. Social media that is amusing or distracting, or that provides a meaningful connection to peers and a broad social network, may even help teens avoid depression.

Social media use, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on teens by distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumour spreading, unrealistic views of other people's lives, and peer pressure. According to the Common Sense Media survey, 13% of teens have been bullied online at least once. Furthermore, social media can be used to gain access to inappropriate content such as violent images or pornography. Almost two-thirds of teens who use social media said they "often" or "sometimes" come across racist, sexist, homophobic, or religiously motivated hate content on social media. Another unnoticed disadvantage of using social media too frequently is the decrease in face-to-face interaction with friends and family. This lack of physical social contact can lead to low self-esteem, eating disorders, depression, and feelings of isolation, all of which can be difficult to overcome.

While social media is unlikely to disappear in the near future, it is critical to educate the next generation about the benefits and drawbacks of using these sites so that they can avoid the risks and focus entirely on the benefits.

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