The Dangers and Benefits of Social Media

The Dangers and Benefits of Social Media

Most people think that social media is a good way to connect with people, and know what’s going on with today’s society. This is true, but while there are benefits to social media, there are so many dangers that a lot of people do not really consider.

Today, the most-used social media platforms by teens include Tiktok, Instagram and Snapchat. All of these platforms allow people to view or post videos of themselves, vlogs, trending dances, tutorials, or skits.

However, social media can take a large toll on a teen’s daily life. These apps can be distracting, cause sleep disruption, expose teens to cyberbullying, and make young people feel intense peer pressure.

Teens can also be victims of identity theft or have an invasion of privacy.

In addition, social media may promote negative experiences, such as depression or anxiety, or “FOMO” (Fear Of Missing Out), which can keep users returning to social media over and over again.

However, this does not mean social media is without any redeeming value.

Social media platforms can be a great way for a teenager to break out of his or her shell. Users can sometimes feel less isolated with themselves and create better social skills.

Learning about new societal and cultural ideas can also serve as a benefit.

Social media can provide a platform for users to express their creativity and share their ideas with friends. Apps such as Snapchat and Instagram have proven to be great ways to maintain long distance friendships online.

Despite these positive features, however, some statistics reveal information that is cause for concern.

Polls around the world indicate that 68% of parents believe social media affects their teen’s ability to socialize normally. 56% believe their teen has an unhealthy desire for attention or approval via social media, while 67% of parents have felt concerned their teen is addicted to social media.

While a teen could argue that social media is good for business promotion, or spreading news, that is generally an area of focus geared towards adults. Adults have a better way of navigating through the internet due to more life experience, and it is a completely different world than a teen’s social media journey. 

Overall, it depends on how often one uses social media and for what purposes, that determines the potential danger.

Regardless of opinion, it is probably a good idea to limit usage of social media to maintain a healthy balance in life.