Technology is excelling at an insane rate. Just 15 years ago things were drastically different. Now, nearly every teenager has access to social media in some form. The world is more connected than it has ever been–and most of it is through technology. But what are the negative effects of social media? Many researchers are looking into this because of issues popping up, like technology addictions and eating disorders linked to social media. Psychology Today recently published an article discussing the possible positive and negative effects of social media.
The positive & negative effects of social media
Social media has the power to connect people that are tens of thousands of miles away from each other. It has the power to give those a voice and way to express themselves in a way they couldn’t without it. But, like most powerful things, social media has downsides. Social media has the ability to greatly influence thousands and thousands of people at a time–influence them towards fear, hate, disrespect, and more.
It can become addictive, according to many testimonials of unhealthy social media use. Also, the frequent portrayal of certain body types and “flawless” models can have a negative impact on young boys and girls–sometimes even leading them to develop issues with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and more.
Control and moderation are the answer
Too much of anything can be unhealthy–even water. In order to decrease the negative effects of social media, we must first understand our personal limits and the risk of overuse. As a parent, you can have rules, such as designated “no screen” times or areas. Because teens and children don’t have the same amount of self-control as adults, structure and a few rules can help them moderate themselves more easily.
Completely quitting social media–which is a recent trend–probably isn’t the answer. Social media is so popular that a teen could be open to more bullying or exclusion if they weren’t connected in some form. But just like video games, junk food, and curfews, you’re there to create boundaries and lines that will best benefit your child.
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