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Cameron DelBen Amy Rybak GSW 1120 17 February 2017 The Technological Influence People always speak of how wonderful technology is, yet fail to mention the huge problems attached. Technology and social media are rearranging the structure of society. These changes affect everyone in some way or another. Many have learned how to use technology beneficially, while others have not. Among those who see problems with social media are teenagers. These young minds are learning how to adapt in a changing world. Every day teenagers use social media. What kids do not realize is how it is truly impacting them. Technology is negatively impacting youth in ways they do and do not understand. Technology has its pros and cons. However, these effects teenagers experience are not exactly positive. Social media and constant technology use has changed the attitudes and minds of the general youth. Kids are given iPads and tablets as Christmas presents at a young age. Small children are receiving smartphones and elementary students have accounts on Twitter. The world of technology is a huge yet dangerous place. Everything on the Internet is accessible. Although some sites have age requirements or require verification, they only make up a small portion of the web. This paper will analyze and discuss the ideas of two different articles. The first article is Maria Konnikova’s “The Limits of Friendship”. Maria is a Harvard graduate who
later went on to get her Ph.D from Columbia. The other article is Hanna Rosin’s “Why Kids Sext”. Rosin is the author of multiple books and typically writes about religious, political, and gender issues. Although these articles discuss different points, many similarities point toward the same conclusions. The excessive use of technology throughout the development of the youth is changing the way they behave. The non-visible effects are concepts teenagers cannot seem to grasp. The article “Why Kids Sext” discusses the huge sexting problems that many schools face. Half the problem lies in the lack of severity for kids sexting. The kids who sext did not understand the depth of the results of their actions, particularly females. Girls did not realize how serious of a problem sexting was. They could not wrap their mind around the idea that their naked pictures could be floating around forever. Sexting is no big deal to them, because it is “fairly common” (391). In

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