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Technology, social media have negative impact

Dayton Dennis, Heaven Mejia, Fatima Dixon, Journalism 1 Students

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Over the years, technology can be seen everywhere. From Chromebooks used in the classroom to the online databases used in the libraries, the gradual increase of technology everywhere causes an increase of the amount of social media used daily.

Too much use of social media can have negative effects on one’s life.

Spending too much time on social media can lead to cyber bullying. People believe it is easier to get away with bullying online rather than face to face. Due to cyber bullying, those who can use social media can experience thoughts of suicide, and can take away happiness from students.

Refraining from spending too much time on social media is important because it heightens the need to “compare and despair”. This need becomes more apparent when using social media. An example of this would be when one is looking at someone else’s Instagram page. Since social media only highlights the good, happy aspects of a person’s life, one can only see happy, smiling pictures. This, by default, can cause jealousy. This jealousy can multiply when using social media, which can impact lives negatively.

With increased use in social media also comes increase in the possibility of sexual harassment. There are no face to face meetings on social media, so many are able to hide behind a computer screen. Even when there is a planned face to face meeting, there are no guarantees that it is the person exemplified on the social media outlet.

Although those in favor of social media may argue that it has its benefits, that is not always the case. Social media can promote online sexual harassment, put into effect the need to “compare and despair”, and can lead to cyber bullying. Even if social media can be beneficial, the bad would outweigh the good.

To stop people from overusing social media, it is suggested that turning off phones and finding a different activity to replace it with can be beneficial. Social media can be fun at first, but after some time, it can take over your life and can impact your life negatively.

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