Have you ever hung out with a group of people, just chilling and chatting, but one person pulls out the phone then another person and then everyone has their phone on,shut off from the ppl (people) around them. Everyone looks away from the ppl they're with to watch videos or see some funny stuff on Facebook. This is a very common experience that happens around us everyday, which tell us the strong influence of sm ( social media ) on teenager.
As we all know, in the past couple of years, our life has really transformed because of sm. It changes the way we do business, the way we live in society and last but not least the way ppl interact with one another by offering more convenience, but less quality. Are we becoming more concerned with Facebook ' friends' than the ppl we interact with face-to-face in our daily life ? Well,it seems that we are replacing these close intimate relationships with our real relationships. These ppl are not authentic. You don't know who's behind the screen and have no real way of knowing what kind of person you're talking to. Sometimes, it's really bad if you unfortunately meet criminals.
One unfavourable side of sm is that it create the line of separation in our relationships. Teenagers tend to let sm take priority over things that should come first like school, family and health. It is supposed that at least 80% of young users check their phone right after waking up in the morning and every 6 minutes during the day, to look for the latest tweet or status update. As I tell you at the begining, I think sm can really ruin our relationships. It's depressing that everyone is far more interested in the screen than the ppl in front of them. Sherry Turkle MIT has called this ' alone together' that sometimes when we're in a social group or when we're with one another that we can ruin that experience by coming into the mediated environment.
Brian Solis said: ' Sm is more about sociology and psychology than technology'. Ppl don't share facts, they share emotion. Some ppl who see others'posts like a luxurious restaurant or a romantic beach would say, could feel really disappointed because of their thinking everyone's lives look better than theirs. Ppl who frequently use these sites are prone to social isolation which lead to decreased social skills. We have a growing amount of research telling that if spend a large portions of our day in a state of fragment attention to take a quick glance at notifications, it can permanently reduce our capacity for attention. Computer and cellphone monitors have been prove to cause eyes strain ,leading to poor eyesight. Along with it is the muscle weakness, back , neck and joint pain caused by the lack of movement.
On the other hand, young ppl are often too open and public with personal information online. This lack of privacy is one of the cause of cyber-bullying. Additionally, sm enables the spread of false rumours and fake news. Furthermore, I think it's very important for us to consider whether or not we should post something online, as it'll be there forever. And 5 years down the line, when you know you need to switch career or enter a new job, your employer can actually access to your Facebook and justify about what you posted. Whether it was humorous or not, you may find yourself in a bigger problem.' What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, what happens on Twitter stays on Google forever' said Rich Simmonds.
Nevertheless, in spite of disadvantages, we can't deny the advantages that sm brings to us. With social networking sites such as Facebook, communication has never been quicker. Ppl now can connect with their friend even if they're many miles away. Sm also provides academic research to everyone in every fields. As one of the biggest communities, it turns out to be a quite ideal place to show your initiatives.
With sm sites being used by 1/3 of the entire world, they've clearly had a major influence on society. Like everything, sm has its pros and cons but it seems that the negative outweigh the positive things. This isn't to say that you should throw away your smartphone and delete your sm account, though I mean maybe you should. These sites may be useful, but that's all they are-tools, not lifestyle. All in all, we should use them responsibly to eliminate cons and increase positive aspect not only for our life but also for the society.
This is my essay, please tell me if there are mistakes and unreasonable things . Thanks !