Teenagers and Social Media

It is commonly believed that teenagers can be very irresponsible when it comes to decision-making. This could be due to peer pressure, or just reckless thinking. What a lot of teens stress about the most is their social identity. What kinds of clothes they wear, what kind of music they listen to — just about anything you can think of, really. Now that social media is an avid thing in our lives, teens can now express themselves more openly. However, can this be regarded as a positive or negative thing?

Mostly negative. Especially over the Internet. I say this because we tend to do things that we can regret later on without knowing that we’ll regret it. Teens are capable of doing a ton of stupid things that they may regret in the future. Anything that is posted on the Internet can’t be fully taken off, and some kids might slip up and post something that was probably supposed to be private. This makes others have a negative impact on one’s identity.

This can also lead to misunderstandings and nasty remarks, usually from people behind their computer screens or phones. And they aren’t as afraid to do it from afar than they would be when it’s up close and personal. People can act completely different when they speak through text in the comfort of their own home versus being face to face and talking to someone. Humans are very social creatures, and we rely on one another more than we think. Taking away the real life interaction causes us to act a little differently towards people, and not in a good way, usually. To summarize,

Go outside, will you?

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