Social Networks have seen a massive growth over the last few years. People love being connected to each other, keeping in touch with friends overseas, while at the same time, posting pictures or updates and listening to their favorite music. As everything else in this life, social networks have a dark side, and this side is causing some serious issues.
I) Social Networks have a negative impact on communication skills and socialization. People tend to do most of their communication via social media, leaving barely any room for face to face conversations.
Real conversations are very important for our development while growing up, especially, because it enables us to see the reactions of others, to interpret them and to react to them. Moreover, communicating via social networks leads to anxiety when facing real people and social awkwardness. People tend to be less prepared for moments such as a job interview, just one instance of a life event that is not happening online.
II) Another side effect of social networks is addiction. More and more teens become obsessed with checking their Facebook or Twitter, making the Internet a priority over homework or hobby. They spend so much time on the Internet, that it becomes an addiction. Without an internet connection it might seem we are deprivied of something essential.
III) Social networks are also a prime location for bullying. Cyber-bullying is one of the most pressing issues at the moment, as more and more teens suffer at the hands of a bully. Those who are bullied feel shame, disgust and fear if they are constantly harassed via the Internet, with embarrassing photos or secrets posted online. Not on few occasions, victims of bullying turned into anxious people with suicidal tendencies.
Perhaps, the best way to avoid the dark side of social networks is to limit the time spent online and increase the number of offline activities. What do you think about social networks? Are they good for you?
References: socialmediatoday.com, google.sites.com, scoop.it. Photo source: pinterest.com
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