Interest has grown especially in regards to children and adolescents. The latter group, especially, has been the subject of research, perhaps due to the fact that these young people are at a transformative stage of their lives before they reach adulthood. Social media has had negative side effects in adolescents, causing girls to seek answers to their most pressing questions on identity, morality, spirituality, among other crucial factors.
Firstly, social media has enabled teens with similar interests to converge under, say, the same Facebook Page, or Twitter Page. For instance, fans of metal rock may find their fellow listeners on social media and share their experiences on the music. A similar case applies to hip-hop and any other distinct music genre. The negative side to this, however, is that terrorist groups have gained a fan base online. It has also “encouraged white supremacists”. Furthermore, eating disorders mainly associated with teen girls can also find a niche audience through social media. Arnett argues from the basis of bulletin boards, which are part of new age media under which social media also falls. She says that such [media] can “legitimize and enable those forms of deviance”. Effects of Social Media on Teens Health.
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