Greater focus on the effects of social media on users has resulted in a substantial amount of people questioning its psychological and social impacts. Social media is interwoven into the fabric of adolescence.
The verdict still hasn’t been reached on whether social media damages the mental health of teens. Experts advise that children are growing up with more anxiety and less self-esteem because they tend to be more impressionable.
Teenagers are exposed to immense pressure on social media to keep up with the latest fashion trends and gadgets. This pressure can cause a teenager to feel inadequate about their own lives and bodies.
Negative effects of social media include addiction, peer pressure, distraction and overall drama in general.
It is important to note that teens experience social media in a wide range of ways.
It provides a platform to raise awareness, connect with people across the world and share moments of beauty that can be empowering and uplifting to many. One cannot deny that social media encourages teenagers to connect with other teenagers from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Thus producing a generation of diverse and tolerant people. Ultimately parents should evaluate their children as individuals.
Monitor their social media usage by visiting their social media pages and pay attention to any unusual behavior or signs of depression.