Social media: Child problems: social skills, depression, and more

 

Over three fourth of all adults online use a social networking site, social media has dramatically impacted the world in both positive and negative ways. It has left many people to wonder how and if social media can mentally affect people. Interactions with people have become very impersonal.

Cyber-bullying is a great example of how social media communication differs from face-to-face conversations. A girlfriend’s alleged friend got together with her ex boyfriend and is able to post items that attack or victimize their friend and it is not done face to face. Research suggest that it takes place in a more extreme way over social media because the writers feel no accountability and are detached sitting in their room or on their smart phone etc.

In recent years, there have been several instances where teens and adults have committed suicide because of being bullied over social media.

Many teens would not engage in bullying activity if they were face- to-face because of the consequences if they were caught in person by authority at home or at school or by police.

Socials skills are eroding and children and teens that can type via technology do not have the confidence or verbal skills to apply for a job, interview for a summer job, meet new friends, join new organizations because they are holed up in their room with an inanimate electronic device that does not help them with social skills or interpersonal interactions. Children and teens avoid face to face communication and electronics is a big wall they can hide behind if parent’s do not set firm boundaries.

Children are sexting and do not realize that they can go to jail and it is against the law to forward indecent photos of peers . Many yourth have been charged with child pornography and other offenses.

There’s no doubt that when social media is used in place of real connections, that it can mentally cause : depression, anxiety, boredom etc.

Many people are talking about an addiction to social media and that people have become dependent on it. It has brought on anxiety and has made some people feel nervous or worried when they can’t access it.

There is a correlation between social media use and a decrease in the quality of life. People need physical interactions and cyber interactions do not fill that void. Spending two hours interacting on social media is much different than two hours face to face.

There are benefits to social media and being able to connect and share information however there are risks re: privacy as well as

addictive issues that can come with technology use.

The key is finding a balance in using technology, social media, electronics, video games, twitter, facebook etc.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.