Teens today are more distracted than they once were because of technology and specifically social media. Although social media can be a good way to stay connected with the world and find new opportunities it can be used against the user in many ways that could be potentially harmful. Not only is social media distracting but it is also dangerous and has put many teens in a vulnerable situation such as cyber bullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.
Cyberbullying can be anonymous, which can sometimes make it even worse. “Teen may not think what they are posting or texting is just a joke, but if you’re on the receiving end it may not be funny at all” Imagine a classmate posts a photo of themselves online. Then someone else makes a mean, embarrassing comment about it. Soon, that photo has been shared, liked and reposted. Tons of people will have seen it, even people who the victim might not even know. While all states have criminal laws that apply to bullying, not all have special statutes that apply to cyberbullying or bullying that takes place outside of school. Social media can also cause major health problems.
Social media and cell phones have been linked to anxiety and depression. Social media can also cause kids to lose touch with the real world around them causing them to not have as good social skills. Interruptions are the scourge of modern life.
Our days and nights are full of gadgets that ping, buzz and beep their way into our attention, taking us away from whatever we are doing.Social media is a big distraction almost everywhere, but mostly affects education and the workplace. One of the main aspects of education is being able to focus. “Not surprisingly the social media and internet era in general, is radically changing the way people pay attention ad learn”. Some experts even say that they worry because students do so much online skimming and browsing that teens will lose the ability to concentrate and think deeply. There is also the issue of people relying on social media as their only source of communication.
This issue causes people to talk in person or have face to face communication. Another huge deal now is privacy protection and getting hacked through social media. “Some data should not be readily available: this is why we have laws restricting the use of wiretaps, and protecting medical records. The potential damage from inappropriate disclosure of information is sometimes obvious”. “Social media data can be used to collect information about individuals by governments, businesses, journalist, employers, or social media platforms themselves”.
Now there are hackers who prowl on social media networks looking for victims . hackers usually use the shortened URLs. These shortened URLs are used to trick their victims into visiting harmful sites or to inject viruses into their computers or mobile phones. Hackers may also use spyware which they can then easily install on peoples phone, laptop, iPad and computer remotely through downloads, emails, or shortened URLs. This spyware gives the hacker information about the passwords people use on their social media networks and other accounts which anyone access online. This can then lead to hackers using the stolen data to start spreading fake news.Most Americans now turn to news outlets to get updates about events that affect them directly, like natural disasters and sometimes the news isn’t true, like fake news: The term fake news has been coined by the media to refer to news that resembles legitimate journalism in its content, format, or delivery but is in fact circulated either to propagate a specific agenda or to make money for the source organization by stirring up controversy with outrageous or sensational headlines.
The proliferation of unreliable sources online has left many readers and viewers either uncertain or unaware about the veracity of stories that they encounter online. According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Americans surveyed believed that fake news is a problem, and 16 percent admitted that they had unknowingly shared a news story that they later learned to be false. ( Fake news can also lead to a widespread panic. For example if word got out that there is no gas and that we are about to be out of gas, people would freak out. Now in result of that people would now start buying gas like crazy causing a mass panic.
Fake news can also lead to the loss of trust in a workplace. Although social has its problems there are a few good things that can can come out of it. Social media is not always an online distraction or procrastination platform. While some may be addicted to their social media networks, it is one of the best ways to stay informed. Drivers around the world use their smartphones while driving. It is distracting. Safety authorities around the world are using social media to deliver lifesaving messages, videos and stories to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Checking social media while driving is a hazard, and should be avoided. Although some parents see social media as detrimental to their children, it actually does them some good to have social media accounts. Teens want to be aware and informed just as much as adults. Using social media allows teens to follow organizations and causes that they believe in. It makes them feel like they are a part of something, even when they feel like an outcast in society. Billions of people worldwide use social media networks.
In terms of marketing, it is the most cost effective way to reach mass amounts of consumers. Consumers that support a cause, product or service are more likely to share posts from major corporations and non-profit organizations. Charitable organizations tug at the heartstrings of the general population. So although social media may have its good aspects like, connecting families via VoIP conversations from locations around the world following a major natural disaster or tragedy, it also has bad aspects such as cyberbullying and privacy loss. Social media is currently very underestimated and should be monitored more closely