Why did our social media experiment find the opposite of what happens all the time in the real world of social media?
The answer lies in something social media has amplified: “influencers.”
Social media is a rapidly growing platform for young people to connect, express themselves, and share a variety of content. This has created a new cultural pattern that is driving technology and business and changing the way people interact. As a tool, social media is a double-edged sword. Although it has many benefits, it can also affect teenagers in unhealthy ways. Today we rely on our smartphones for work, school, private life, and social life. When was the last time you left home and moved without a cell phone? The Internet has become an important part of our daily life. The same applies to social media.
Social media allows teens to create online identifiers, communicate with others, and build social networks. These networks can provide valuable support to adolescents, particularly by helping those who have reached their limits, who have disabilities, or who have chronic illnesses. Young people also use social media for entertainment and self-expression. The platform can also connect teens to the current situation, interact across geographical barriers, and teach a variety of topics, including healthy behavior. Social media and large social networks that provide fun, distractions, or meaningful connections with peers can even help teens stave off depression.
Why Social Media Is So Good At Polarizing Us?
Social Media has played a big role in right-wing politics that paved the way for populist politicians to reach out to their voters. Though Social Media has connected the people around the world but at the same time, it is causing division or disintegration and facilitating the social media lobbyists to polarize the communication to such extent that the people support the arguments or opinions or political tirade against the leadership without fact-checking. The world has been rocked by social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc because the user statistics of these social networks have already surpassed millions and growing but due to the limited regulatory framework, fake news, cyberbullying, extremism and terrorism continues to harm its users.
Polarization should have us all concerned. That’s because there are two key facets to polarization. One of these is “affective” polarization, which is how much people from one party dislike members of the opposite party. And the other facet is “ideological” polarization, which describes how far apart members of each party are on ideas like abortion and gun control and immigration. In layman’s terms, you can hate the people on the other side for who they are, and you can hate the people on the other side for what ideas they hold dear. What’s dangerous is when you hate them for both reasons – which is precisely where we are today in America. Let’s just hope that a new president can get both sides together on the same team, and finally bring some healing back to the nation that has just undergone four long, strange years of division and polarization.
Is social media impacting our mental health?
Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook have become ingrained in the lives of countless individuals. With adolescents and young adults, particularly young women, being the primary users of such platforms, it is an important question whether social media use has an impact on self-concept, self-esteem, body image, and body dissatisfaction. Researchers have started to empirically investigate these questions, and recent studies show mixed results. The present article attempts to review these findings and offers possible explanations for the effects of social media use on body dissatisfaction, with a focus on Instagram, Facebook, and other popular image-based platforms.
Children nowadays start using social media from a very young age causing a greater impact on their mental health. This is especially true for females. While teen males tend to express aggression physically, females do so relationally by excluding others and sharing hurtful comments. Social media increases the opportunity for such harmful interactions.
In the past, teens read magazines that contained altered photos of models. Now, these images are one thumb-scroll away at any given time. Apps that provide the user with airbrushing, teeth whitening, and more filters are easy to find and easier to use. It’s not only celebrities who look perfect—it’s everyone. When there’s a filter applied to the digital world, it can be hard for teens to tell what’s real and what isn’t, which comes at a difficult time for them physically and emotionally.
Adults are vulnerable, too. In recent years, plastic surgeons have seen an uptick in requests from patients who want to look like their filtered Snapchat and Instagram photos. A New York Times article that ran in June 2018 features a newlywed couple who nearly separated after their honeymoon. The reason: the wife spent more time on the trip planning and posting selfies than she spent with her husband.
There are always advantages and disadvantages to a thing. As social media is too convenient for people, almost most of them don’t even have to ‘speak out’ to communicate with people. No longer, people will lose their communication skills. The more serious problem is many people utilised the power of social media and used it to bully someone. The power of social media is also the same as the one in real life. A few of them used social media to do things that were against the law, which is fool behavior.
Social media changed our life so much. Our life became more convenient because social media is a very useful tool for us in the 21st century, it could help us to improve our life. However, we have to be aware of how we use them. If we could use social media smartly, having social media will become a good change for us.