Social media heeds great consequences

Natalie Moore, Staff Writer

Social media influences you more than you might think. Social media helped us in the way we communicate and in the way that we live in general. However, many experts have concluded that social media could be doing much more harm than good, especially in children and young adults. One of the risks includes cyber-bullying which is a growing concept across many platforms. Addiction is another cause for concern and this can be true for any generation.

Addiction can be described as neglect of personal life, mental preoccupation, escapism, mood modifying experiences, and more. These signs are shown in many people who use social media excessively. There have been experiments that conclude many people tend to undergo a certain type of withdrawal when using all of the internet and its resources. There is also a reason to believe that the more social media is being expanded and used the less satisfying life is, it can and has been shown to change our behaviors from how we form relationships and educate ourselves to how much we shop. There is a significant change in pace when it comes to how our technology is advancing, there is always something new and many young children cannot set boundaries for themselves when it comes to the online world.

Without social media, social, ethical, environmental, and political issues and views would have minimally viewed with the 62% of people who have said that they get their news from social media, 18% of which do this frequently. With the problems of social media like cyberbullying and lack of privacy, it brings positive things to light like the impact of social media when looking for a job or on businesses looking for credibility. This could be considered as a double-edged sword. With great benefits, great consequences are created.