impact of social media
The impact of social media on adolescent development is nothing new as we know it to be in society, but the mode or means in which social media is delivered evolves continuously throughout history. In the past social media would be depicted in novels or comic books exposing sexual, political, racial, or religious content that would incite adolescents to into risky behavior. Social media and technology contribute to adolescents in many ways some are positive while others are negative.
In the medical field doctors are able to stay in touch with their adolescent patients by texting them reminders of appointments (Strasburger, 2010). The U.S. Senate discovered that the violence portrayed in the media actually adds to aggression seen in adolescents, discovered in 1952 (Strasburger, 2010). Social media has impacted the developmental and environmental influences, and this is also shown through the use of the ever changing technology that we gravitate too. Adults are also impacted with the use of Social media and there is a strong sense of staying connected with your children currently that drives us into wanting the best technology for them.
Social Media and Development
The impacts of social media and technology on adolescent development may spiral out of control if it is not monitored or if an adolescent has free reign of the internet without proper guidelines and restrictions. Behavior that causes you to not take care of necessary life skills, constantly preoccupies your mind, allows you to escape reality, alters your moods, and has the capability of hiding what you are actually doing is labeled as an addiction (Kuss & Griffiths, 2011). The concept of being addicted to social media may appear farfetched, but realistically it is possible, and this addiction has the potential of causing problems that are not foreseeable. Social media is being used as an avenue to promote popularity, social recognition, and social acceptance from adolescents that cling to every post, tweet, or snapchat. A study revealed that adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19, had low self-esteem based on the negative feedback they received on their social media accounts (Kuss & Griffiths, 2011). Another study produced results that the use of Facebook impacted their lives negatively and actually caused “procrastination, distraction, and poor time-management” (Kuss & Griffiths, 2011).
Adolescent development is suffering because the focus is not on higher education but it is on who wore the best outfit, who is fighting, and who is dating. Adolescents may be a trying time for children and their parents, adding social media to this equation will cause friction and tension in any household across the world. Adolescents barely understand why their bodies are developing, the onset of sexual needs, and elevated levels of hormones, mood swings, and focus on their future, or the sense of new found independence and the added pressure of virtual friends in the realm of social media (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The environmental and social considerations for adolescents in the United States lean more towards parental conflicts, detached emotions, and the feeling of no longer pleasing the parents with good grades as an example (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).
The impacts of social media and technology may also cause anxiety when we adhere to the latest technology that we insist on purchasing. The dangers in society make us want to stay connected to our adolescents all day long. We have the ability to connect with them using cell phones, watch them enter the house when they arrive home from school, track their location with GPS monitoring, and text messages all day long. Companies release new and better devices almost daily that will give parents a false sense of security in staying connected with their emotionally unbalanced adolescent. The dangers in the items we purchase for our adolescents open their communication realms to people and places we would never knowingly give them access to.