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media vs Youngsters

Have you ever as a
responsible parent thought about what an innocent device like smartphone can do
to your beloved child? What are the effects on his/her mind due to using this
sublime technology for prolonged period of time. A research described by CNN
shows that a child from 8 to 18 age group spends on an average of 8 hours daily
on social media. It is hard to believe that this number is even greater than average
sleep time of a child as per the same research. This horrendously large number
illustrates how those giant tech companies troll their multi-tasking and
education purpose features into a child’s mind. Parents should save their
children’s young mind from extensive use of social media by using solutions
such as limiting use of social media by setting up timer, use a schedule to
meet people online, use lists and filters to surf quickly to relevant information,
and cull your network limited to mutual friends only. A lot of revered
researches are accurately done to showcase negative effects of social media on

To start with,
research “How Facebook and social media affects the minds of generation next”
by Jordan K. Turgeon is posted on Huffpost. This research associates social
media addiction especially

Facebook with psychological
disorders. This research has taken data from recent research conducted by Larry
D. Rosen, Ph.D., psychology professor at California State University. According
to Rosen, social media is a part of life for teens, but he also said, “frequent
Facebook users among teens


tends to have lower grades.” For
parents, they should have held their responsibility towards young and
developing minds. This research proves that parents should limit the use of
social media in their children’s lifestyle, also they should teach them about
“How to use technology in a productive way” starting from an early age.

In addition, the
research “Adverse effects of online social networking on children and
adolescents” by Dr. Chhitij Srivastava and Dr. Anupam Bhardwaj is comprehensive
study of effects of social media on children. At first, this research states
that there are 1.23 billion users alone of Facebook as per Facebook’s December
2013 statistics. Now a day, social media plays an important role in our life.
With the habit of using social media for prolonged hours daily, it has
demolished knowledge gained by individual experiences, inter-personal interactions
and the young person’s ability to process information. Adolescence is an age
period in which an individual builds his/her own personality in real social
life not on virtual social life. According to Dr. Chhitij Srivastava, “most of
the young users become so isolated in social networking that they start living
in a misperception of being cool until this aggressive behavior losses its
control.” There is also another side of social media which prominently a big
problem in countries like India and China called as Cyber bullying. There is
exponential increase of suicides due to cyber bullying. That not enough, sexual
exploitation through social media is very common these days. Parents should
supervise their children’s internet activities. Schools also make a move
towards educating teenagers about cyber hazards.

Moreover, spending
more time on social networking websites cause mental illness like depression
and ADHD. Young teenagers usually wrongly interpret this means of social media
which leads to irreversible disasters. All these prevalent traits of social
media like cyber bullying, misconstrued virtual lifestyle, and psychological
disorders should compel parents to set schedule for their children, to


mute social media to mutual
friends, and to teach children how to use social media productively for
educational purposes. 

As a matter of
fact, research posted in The New York Times “an ugly toll of technology:
impatience and forgetfulness” by Tara Parker-Pope provides us with experimental
data about social media addiction. This research is adversary to social media
addiction. It states that people deeply into virtual life paying a price in terms
of their cognitive life. According to Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, director of the
Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at Stanford, “this ludicrous lifestyle has
transformed one into more impatient, forgetful, impulsive, and more
narcissistic.” Just like iron sharpens iron, parents should use websites like to measure their children’s addiction towards social
networking websites. In the journal cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social
networking researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia find that
about 5 percent of students out of 173 college students has online gambling
problems and about 10 percent college students are mentally disturbed due to
overexploited virtual life.  Aboujaoude
pinned, “most of teenagers don’t go out to lay down new experiences and
memories due to which their brains get isolated towards just bunch of
irrelevant issues like where are other people going for vacations, what is my
social image among others, how can I show myself more opulent on social
websites etc.”

Furthermore, according
to Dr. Kimberly Young, a professor at St. Bonaventure University in New York,
social media addiction even also leads to food disorder among teens. In a
research conducted by the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda
at the University of Maryland, 200 students asked to cut themselves from any
kind of virtual life for a day. Results of this study are shocking as it shows
that without virtual connections, students find their life logistically
difficult. From this study, students change their ability to connect with
others with the support of their parents.


Overall, above researches
showed us negative effects of social media, and how parents can solve this
addiction in our youngsters. It is right said by Amy Jo Martin that Just as we
teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate
social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world
is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can
prevent many debacles if we’re educated.















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Work Cited

Jordan K. “How Facebook And Social Media Affect the Minds of Generation
Next.” The Huffington Post., 09 Aug. 2011.
Web. 27 July 2017.

Srivastava, Anupam Bhardwaj. “Adverse Effects of Online Social Networking on Children
and Adolescents.” Journal of Indian
Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 10.2, 2014, pp.
80-92. Academic Search Complete. Web.
27 July2017.

Tara. “An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and
Forgetfulness.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 06
June 2010. Web. 27 July 2017.