In the modern world today, the technological advancements changed the entire world and spreading all over it. It includes the technology of internet which is used now to connect with the world. The Internet is the way to communicate and connect with every area or country of the world. Also, its use gives an opportunity to gain any information within no time. In an article “Social Consequences of the Internet for Adolescents: A Decade of Research,” two authors Patti M. Valkenburg and Jochen Peter explores the use of internet among the adolescents and describes its social consequences. In this paper, the important points and aspects of this article will be discussed briefly.
The adolescents and youngsters today, are the ones who are the consistent users of the internet and spend a lot of time on it. They spend more time on the internet daily as compare to the adults as well as they are the social media users more than the adults. Social media is a platform to communicate with the global world and its different countries people. Adolescents mostly use the internet to use the social media. Nowadays instant messaging is the most used technology among the adolescents to connect with the world; it includes popular instant message apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, we chat, Viber and much more. These apps give the opportunity to connect anywhere in the world free with the use of the internet. The Internet is giving so many advantages to its users as well as many disadvantages to its users.
Adolescents are using the internet and social media and providing self-disclosure to the world. Self-disclosure refers to information about a person’s identity which is exposed on the Internet and anyone in the world can see it. Its biggest example is facebook which is providing the opportunity to the individuals to use the self-disclosure. According to the authors of the article, the study of different researchers explains that it is reasonable for us to consider that the online self-disclosure opportunities and use show the positive relationship between two major points, which include online communication and social connectedness of the people. Moreover, further study is required to investigate its positive and negative impacts and aspects.
Many recommendations and reasons are explained in the article. Like the online communication might be better and positive interaction as compare to face to face communication method between two or more people. It includes several important points like the self-disclosure, or the positive interaction of the online communication between two people is the result of care, friendship, and love between both individuals. The authors of the article suggest many further points for the future study in this perspective or area. It includes the different use of social media apps and their results, the use of instant messengers on public chat rooms, effects and impacts of different communication technologies. The use of social media and its increased used among the adolescents has positive as well as negative impacts which should be explored by the future researchers. Its positive impacts might include the positive interaction, and best time also its negative impacts might include the cybercrime and online harassments.
In the modern and global world today, technological advancements are consistently changing and revolutionizing the world. Technological advancements are the ones that reduce the distances between people. People are using the technological devices to make their tasks easier. Among the great technological advancements, social media is the one that is greatly popular and famous around the globe. Social media is a powerful technology which is designed to make it easier for the people to share the information, ideas, concepts, career interests, knowledge and several other types of expressions that are important to share with the world. Social media makes it easier for the people to share their current stories, information and make new friends through the platform of virtual community and virtual networks around the world. Social media is an online platform, and people use it through the internet. Now in the most developed nations in the world today, numerous people are consistent users of social media and changing the ways of their lives. Now it is effortless to scroll down mobile screen with the latest and most global information that is important or worth knowing. With the influence of social media, now it is effortless to stay in touch with family and friends. There are several platforms of social media including Snap Chat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Social media is impacting the lives of people positively and making it easier for them to stay connected with the world. Social media has positive effects on how an individual view himself/herself, how he/she view others and their opinion about society.
Social media positively affects the views of an individual, helps to achieve support from friends and family and improves self-esteem and confidence. Social media allows an individual or a person to connect with the world and share his/her life story with the friends and family members. For example, Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms which provides the opportunity to like, share, comment and express feelings with friends and family. If an individual shares his/her picture on social media, he/she gets the views of friends and family who express their feelings on the picture. The family members mostly boost up the morale of the individual and comment positively on the picture. Facebook gives the opportunity to add the detail of an event or add any location with the use of emotions in which people can tell the other people about the places they visit or having certain different feelings. In Snap Chat stories, people have the opportunity to discover different stories about the other people.
It is now effortless to view others’ experiences, ideas, views, and perspectives. For example, a person needs some suggestions about a healthy diet and then he/she will use the social media to get that information easily with the life experiences of other people. By sharing the people with other family and friends boost the ambitions, which lead to increase the confidence level of the people. Social media is also helping to spread awareness about the wrong phenomenon so that people could be able to make them right. Social media is now also used to educate the people and with the use of tutorials and latest videos information could be spread easily and efficiently. Social media allows the youngsters to be creative and innovative primarily related to their school and college tasks by making them more efficient and effective. Social media enhances the self-confidence and makes a person able to deal with the world with confidence.
Social media positively impacts on how someone view others and how others view someone by helping us keep in touch with loved ones and by inspiring us. Social media provides the opportunity to share the personal and social information with the friends and family, and in that way, people consistently get in touch with the people they know and have an important place in their lives. In the busy world today, there is not much time for the people to spend much time with friends and family and know about the current events of them. But social media makes it easier for the people to get in touch with family and friends and know about their life events. By getting in touch with family and friends, people can motivate and encourages the other people who build up the confidence level. For example, family praises on any achievement which motivates the people to do more good and have more achievements in their lives.
Facebook, Snap Chat, and Instagram provide the ways and reasons for people to stay motivated and inspired by the success stories of the other people’s lives. The social media reduced the greater differences between people, and now it is effortless to make friends anywhere across the globe. It provides speedy communication and now audio and video chatting options gives numerous ways to the people to stay connected with their loved ones. It is a great way to stay in touch with the friends and family, and it strengthens the relationships between the people. It improves the ways of thinking by adding several creative and innovative ideas into the minds of youngsters and children.
Social media positively affects society as a whole by providing people with jobs and keeping us informed. The organizations, enterprises, academic institutions and companies now have the opportunity to publish the latest recruiting options online, so that more effective and efficient people can take advantage of the job opportunities. Social media is now serving as the place which provides the latest information about the jobs and current events that made people able to enhance their knowledge or to get jobs easily. Social Media platforms like Snap Chat and YouTube pays the people who become famous and successfully running their channels with lots of subscribers. Now people are getting jobs online, and it is effortless to enhance any specific skill and use it to earn money online through social media. Teens and even adults get current events from the use of social media. Students can take the latest information and help from the social media for their projects, assignments, and tasks which made their work more useful and valuable. LinkedIn is a professional social media platform that provides the opportunity to inform the world’s competent people about the latest job openings and to take advantage of the opportunity efficiently. Also, people who are not able or qualified for the specific job positions share the job information with their friends and family lists so that other people could get the opportunity.
Social media provides people numerous ways to connect with the world. Social media has positive effects on how you view yourself, how you view others and your view on society. It is providing ways to communicate with other people, and which is positively enhancing the self-esteem, confidence level and awareness about certain things and the current events. It is impacting positively to the lives of the people by providing numerous opportunities to stay in touch, enhance self-esteem, increase knowledge and polish the skills of the people.
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Valkenburg, Patti M., and Jochen Peter. “Social Consequences Of The Internet For Adolescents”. Current Directions In Psychological Science, vol 18, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-5. SAGE Publications, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01595.x.