I believe that there is a positive affect in social media because it builds up confidence and allows people to stay organized and in the loop. It has been around since the 80’s. But a lot of people still thing social media has a negative perspective on it thinking it’s just a waste of time.
Currently, the development of social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., has developed very rapidly both among teens or children. As social media application this of course brings many new effects in the development of adolescents and children, both negative and positive impacts. The positive impact of social media in the development of IT bring many advantages, such as ease in communication, search and access information. But in addition to that it also carries a negative thing for the children and young people in the use of function of that. In this case we as users of social media should be more observant in terms of using the function of social media.
The first reason social media has helped is because it lets you stay in touch with friends and family. You can get to know other students at your school or stay connected with other people who share a common interest. It also helps strengthen long distance relationships. For example, I have a friend whose parents got divorced and his dad lives far away from him. He said, “The only way we can communicate is through Facebook”. I personally think Facebook is a neat website that can help with communication. In the article “Teens in Survey Paint Positive Picture of Effect of Social Media on Their lives” I read that “Half of teens said social networks have helped their friendship” and I also agree with this.
Facebook, twitter and other social networking sites today is the application of technology that are popular among teenagers as well as children. With this website we can expand both kinship and friendship with the wider community, not only within the scope of the neighborhood alone but from different walks of life, environmental and social status. It is a must for teenagers to have it. Given this social networking site has resulted in a positive or negative impact. The positive impact of social networks such as means to promote ad recently referred by selling online, there is also what makes the group or community to exchange information and extend friendship.
The second reason that it has helped is that it keeps us up to date with what’s going on. A reporter from a social media article stated that “Many teens express an almost-like weariness with the pressures of constant texting and posting involved in their lives”. People post and text online to express themselves. I talked to my sister this morning and asked her how social media has helped her in life and her response “It provides me reminders for meets or practices for cross country”. I thought that was interesting and I also believe it helps teachers with things like that too. Since they’re always busy and forget things I think they need reminder to remind them.
In addition, social networking can also bring kinship that has not been met or had dropped out. The negative impact of social networking for teens and children are the social networking sites that they will feel addicted and do not know the time because they must update to the social networking sites that they have. Lately rampant cases of kidnapping of a teenage girl after meeting through social networks, there is also the escape or run away from home after communicating with social networking friends. The negative impact of social networking sites is also apparent in the change of attitude shown after the teen social networking addiction among them become lazy because too preoccupied with their social networks, they also forget their responsibilities as students.
Finally, the third reason that social media has helped is that it makes you feel less lonely or if you’re not having a good day talking to your friends online can change your mood for the day. In the same social media article, it said, “Many teenagers say that using social networking sites makes them feel more confident, popular, outgoing, and sympathetic to others”. So, therefore social media is helpful for your life and others.
Most parents I know, and some teachers think social media has a negative perspective on it thinking it’s just a waste of time. But in cases like having communication with far away relatives, getting reminders or just by expressing yourself can bring a positive effort in your life style.