Effects of Social
“Social media has changed the way people interact. In many ways, social media has led to positive changes in the way people communicate and share information. However, it has a dark side as well. Social networking can sometimes result in negative outcomes, some with long-term consequences.” The World of Social Media
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=sCjIqYh5p58 The Advantages
ability to connect with people staying in touch with friends and family who are far away having the freedom to communicate whenever and where ever.
Although social media may have many positive advantages, the negative effects of social networking outweigh the positive.
Negative Effects of Social Media
A false sense of connection
Mental health effects
Encourages poor grammar, usage, and spelling
Exposing children to online predators
Broken relationships, infidelity and torn families
Harm to ones reputation
Exposure to cyber bullying
Negative effects of Social Media
Invasion of privacy
Exposure to scams, identity theft, hackers, fraud, and virus attacks
Loss of job
Possibility of addiction disorder
Increased risk of obesity
Increased risk of sleep disorders Poor school performance
A False Sense of Connection Cont.
We see this false sense of connection a lot more within families and relationships.
One of the biggest enemies in many homes is - time. Complaining that “There’s never enough time”, has become an increasingly common excuse.
So we sit at the table or we go out; rationalizing that “we are spending time together”. However, there is no real connection taking place with each other, when each person is on their own media device. Mental Health Effects
Social media has become a dangerous pass time for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and other mental health issues.
Signs of Unhealthy Social
Focusing problems – easily distracted and loss of ability to concentrate.
Lack of concern about one-on-one relationships
– prioritizing social networking over face to face family and friend relationships.
Lessening communication skills – talking less, difficulty articulating thoughts into words, inattentive when others are speaking.
Unconcerned about obligations in the “real” world – more interested in checking status updates and communicating on the internet than participating in activities off of the computer.
Withdrawal symptoms (agitation, fidgeting, aggressiveness, etc) when unable to participate in social networking for a period of time.”
Being a part of the social media revolution requires personal education and responsibility of the hazards.
Parents should become familiar with the warning signs of the negative impacts to their children.
Social Media and Its Effects on
Cyberbullying has been tied to increased suicide risks, particularly among teenagers (and you thought high school was bad)
Social media helps form suicide pacts among complete strangers with only this one thing in common
Isolation and Loneliness
“Social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace may provide people with a false sense of connection that ultimately increases loneliness in people who feel alone. These sites should serve as a supplement, but not replacement for, face-to-face interaction,”
Cacioppo says. He compares connecting on a Web site to eating celery: "It feels good immediately, but it doesn't give you the same sustenance," he says.
For people who feel satisfied and loved in their dayto-day life, social media can be a reassuring extension. For…