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Social Media: Pros & Cons

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Transcript of Social Media: Pros & Cons

Social Media and How it Affects Our Lives
Effects of Social Media

1. Social Media is Addictive

Studies show that teens use social media on average of 7 hours a day. That may seem like a lot but just think of the amount of times you pick up your phone to use one of the many social media sites. Teens use social media as a relief from boredom and as a distraction from many day to day problems.
Effects of Social Media
Effects of Social Media
2. Social media makes us compare our lives with others

Whenever you look on another persons page, you are unknowingly comparing your life to theirs. But posts on social media often present an idealized version of what's actually happening. The extragavgant lives of others that we see makes us think less of our own lives. When in reality they likely face the same challenges we do.
By: Karly, Gianna, & Juliet
➡ You can share events that are important to your life.
➡ Anybody can advertise their business.
➡ You can talk with your friends.
➡ If you are a skilled photographer then you can share your photos that you have taken and advertise your business.
➡ You can spread news of charities and convince people to donate.
Which picture would you like on Instagram?
Effects of Social Media
Solution Options #1
Teen intervention session:

For our first solution we asked questions to some of our peers about how social media might affect themselves.
All of the teens that we interviewed said that they didn't feel like social media had any effect on them.
This just shows how social media brainwashes teens to think that social media isn't much of a threat. And let's face it, the teens we were interviewing would probably pulled their phones out as soon as we left.

Solution Options #2

➡ You can learn new things from videos.
➡ There are educational songs and videos for children.
➡ People can advertise new products or spread news of a charity campaign.
➡ You can look up videos that can show you how to make/do things, like cooking, sewing, etc.
➡ If you're are feeling down, theres always some kind of funny compilation that will make you laugh.
Solution Options #3
Effects of Social Media
3. Cyber-bullying

There are so many altercations and fights that start with social media. We have all seen it in some way, shape or form. Social media not only causes mental pain, but also physical and emotional pain as well. Enough is Enough, an organization that aims for internet safety, conducted a survey and found that 95% of teens have witnessed cyber-bullying, and 33% have been victims themselves.
Overall, as you can tell, social media isn't the best influence on teens in this age. They can cause a huge plummet in their own confidence, can cause self harm due to cyber bullying, and so many other problems that people are oblivious to. Hopefully from this presentation you will reflect on how much time you spend on the internet and think before you act.

What is Social Media?
Social media is defined as a tool that allow people to create, share, or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks.
4. Social media changes the way eens see themselves and others

Social media sites make teens think less of themselves. They see the "popular" people do something, and they'll follow right after just to be trendy or cool in a way. In a way social media is making people conform to the ideas, the looks, and actions of others. As a result, we are losing the unqueness of individuals. Teens also often think less of people who don't fit the "look" that is currently popular.
5. Social media makes teens check out of life

Social media is so addictive that teens lose track of the reality around them. They are so plugged in that they often stop paying attention in school and stop doing their homeowkr. This leads to failing grades in school. Social media can be and is a potentional threat to the education that teens need to be successful in life. Is sending that text or posting that image worth your future? Evaluate that the next time you pick up your phone, while you should be studying or doing homework.
Try to get teens to stay off of social media.

For this solution, Juliet did this at a family gatherin with the children since they were all on some sort of electronics. If you think about it, it is the simplest solution. To remove a problem, you need to remove the source of the problem, which, in this case, was social media.
When I took them away, they were pretty reluctant, but I managed to take them away. After a while they adapted; the children were talking to each other and playing with the toys available and the ones who could read even pulled out a book to pass the time. However, as soon as I gave the electronics back, they went straight back to it and abandoned the previous activities.
This proved that even if the electronics were taken away for a while, teens will always get back to social media in some way, shape, or form.
Get parents involved.

Whether teens want to admit it or not, our parents have a huge effect on us. To fix the problem social media can create, we figured out that getting parents involved is essential.
If parents told their child and taught their child at a young age that they are perfect just the way they are and are positive towards their childs image, then as they grow up they wouldn't find the need to constantly post selfies of themselves on social media platforms just to assure themselves that they are attractice enough.
Parents can also get their child more involved with school activities. The busier teens are with things like sports and clubs the less time they have for social media, and, as a result, they are more "plugged in" to their life than they are to other people's lives on social media.
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- Harper, Maya. "The Effects of Cyberbullying" Cyber-Bullying (Social Media). Maya Harper, 12 Feb. 2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.
- Mane, Lydian. "Social Media Pros and Cons" Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 7 May 2013. Web. 08 Feb. 2016.
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