Is Social Media Taking Over Our Generation?

By Layara Speech

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Social Media’s Takeover

     There was actually a time when social media didn’t exist–crazy, right? Now all you ever see are people sending streaks to their friends on Snapchat, scrolling down their Instagram timeline, retweeting tweets on Twitter, or they’re on Tumblr doing whatever it is tumblrers do.

     It seems like social media is one of the biggest things on a teenagers’ minds. They’ll keep refreshing their feeds in hopes of something new to pop up, or to see how many likes their newest post got. Hey, we’re all guilty of it, myself included. I do think that social media has its positive effects, but also its fair share of negative ones too.

    Social platforms can be used to express yourself, or to follow up on your favorite celebs. However, a person could get so sucked into social media that they let it take over their life. Sadly, many people are also bullied on social media. My view on social is fairly neutral because I don’t think it’s all bad for you. Whenever I feel stressed or sad, I go on social media to find certain posts that might make me feel better or uplifted. An article written by Kelly Austin that is titled “Positive Effects of Social Media”, she states that social media can be used to educate young people, used as a voice of reason in society, enable more creativity, hone in on different skills important for the real world, and helps teens become more confident and independent.”

     According to an article by BBC writer, Jessica Brown, “Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these platforms, according to some reports. That breaks down to around half a million tweets and Snapchat photos shared every minute.

     You shouldn’t be on social media all the time. Sure, it can be a great escape from the woes of life, but too much of anything can be bad for you. In an article titled “Smart Social” that was written by Smart Social Team, it states that too much social media can cause or increase anxiety, depression, poor sleeping habits, and body image issues.  Take a break from social media, and your phone in general. Go outside, enjoy nature, and make the best of your life.

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