Today I shall talk about the negative effects of social media on youth. Ever since its evolution over the last two decades, social media has taken the world by storm. Every few weeks, a new form of platform or gadget is introduced to us where apart from the main features of the gadget, one of the key roles played by them is thriving social media. Be it a laptop, SMART TV, or SMART phone, gadgets are valued to the extent to which they can provide the users with access to social media. While we all have, in one way or another, tried to engage more and more with social media, have we also ever taken a moment to wonder how our interaction with social media might be affecting us, and particularly, our youth negatively?
Social media negatively affects our youth on two fundamental levels, physical and emotional. The physical effects of social media appear in the form of deterioration of health, whereas the emotional effects of the use of social media reflect the bad behavior of the youth. Social media disengages the audience from the real world and provides them with a fake sense of engagement with the virtual world. This inculcates dangerous tendency in the immature young viewers to practice the criminal and violent acts they watch in the virtual world in the real world. Social media penetrates the privacy of the audience. Many users of social networking sites, by mistake, upload private pictures and videos, and before they realize, it gets too late.
The most dangerous form of social media is the consumer generated media because it equips the users to interact with it. For example, young users of social networking sites openly comment upon and share articles and posts that they find interesting which might even be against their personal or national interest. Everything happens in such a casual way that the users do not even realize the gravity of their actions.
The physical effects of social media on youth are no less apparent than the emotional effects. Young people spend so much time using social media that they hardly find any time to do physical activities.
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