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Marulanda 1 Isabella Marulanda Hera Naguib ENC2135 11/01/18 Is social media affecting the social behavior of teenagers in today’s fast paced world and thus affecting their development as adults? In society today, social media has become globally trendy. Teenagers everywhere check their social media constantly and sometimes even ignore face to face interactions just to go on their social networking sites. However, social networking sites not only affect adolescents in short term but also in concerning long term effects. Instead of teenagers using social media 24/7, young adults should be encouraged to live a healthier lifestyle by spending more quality time with others through face to face interactions and build their confidence by not comparing themselves with others on social media, thus, avoiding risk experiences that can occur for many teens. “Social media refers to Internet-based applications that allow people to create and exchange content using digital network technologies” (boyd and Ellison, 2008; Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010). Social networking sites are dedicated to capturing the attention of users, specifically, the biggest consumers, adolescents. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, responsible for reward-motivated behavior plays a major role in the social media world. On social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram likes and comments are available for users when something is posted by an individual. Therefore, when someone likes a user’s post dopamine plays its role and gives the individual satisfaction and approval (Robertson, 2017). Thus, making it easier to capture the attention of young adults’ due to teenagers’ nature of wanting to feel accepted and
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Marulanda 2 liked by everyone. However, this addicting platform has consumed the minds and conscious attention of young adults and has made their social behavior less face to face interactive. This exploitation of the vulnerability of human psychology has created negative effects for teenagers, specifically to their inability to socialize as well as they do on Snapchat and Instagram. Hence the question, will social media affect teenager’s development into adults? Tamyra Pierce’s study, where 270 students from a high school participated, examined the role of socially interactive technologies, such as text messaging, social media, and instant messaging. An observation was seen where these platforms and technologies allowed users to avoid or replace face-to face communication (Nie & Erbring, 2000). Adolescents avoid having in person conversations with people by relying on their cellphones to keep them busy. As a matter of fact, social media and technology has created a barrier for those who are not as socially adept as others in environments where teenagers may feel socially awkward. This is extremely unhealthy for adolescents because it becomes a habit to rely solely on social media and technology to interact with others, therefore, creating socially awkward and anxious individuals as they develop into adults.
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