and using brute force to make the man submit, while the black man is pleading for help saying “I didn’t do anything man!” with a crowd of people surrounding them telling the officer that he is in the wrong. This is all the information we are given while the newscast often distorts the facts and gives us only a glimpse of what really happened. Whenever anything even remotely bad happens in the world, the news and media are right there on it, and then the public and social media become absorbed in it and it can often become blown out of proportion. That is why it is so important not to act rashly on something heard on the news, but to get the whole story and research all the facts before forming ones own opinion. The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families In the past decade or so, there have been endless upgrades and advances in technology. It seems almost everyone uses some sort of technology or media at least once in their day. Technology and social media have become a major part of our lives, and it is especially evident in our younger generation, who are growing up with all this new technology. So what effect is this having on these younger generations? For one, the seemingly constant upgrades and new technological inventions are teaching us that instant gratification is the only way to be happy. We spend large amounts of money chasing the newest form of technology, but almost as soon as we get it, an upgraded version comes out and we throw out our perfectly good device to get the latest version. Our younger generation expects to have everything instantly, when going to a friend’s house, they are bound to ask “what’s your Wi-Fi password?”, simply expecting it to be there. We get upset when our phones take a mere 3 minutes to send something, because we expect everything to be instant. This expectation of instant gratification is having negative effects
Living Through A Screen 9 in other aspects of life as well, particularly for the younger generation. Today it seems that when one is in a relationship, and another more attractive or more qualified person comes along, we are so willing to throw away the person we have and chase the newest most exciting thing. We treat people as disposable as we do our phones, always chasing the “newest version”. Although modern technology isn’t all bad, it does have some negative consequences on our youth. Technology and media appear to be rewiring the younger generations socially. According to a recent study, “22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones" (O’keeffe and Pearson, Pg. 800, 2011). Interaction on social media sites form a large part of this generation’s social development. Older generations grew up developing their social
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