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The psychological and social impacts of social media are surfacing as the usage of social media is increasing our lives. Social media impacts on different aspects of our lives including emotional state, identity development and even the direction of our lives in some cases.
Of these, the emotional impacts of social media are perhaps the most discussed negative implication. Social media has been criticized for the effects it has on the psychological state of its users. According to Lippy Copeland, ‘Facebook appears to exploit an Achilles heel of human nature’ (Copeland). Social media has created a culture where everything a person does is posted on Facebook. This has become an addiction and a burden for the users. Often users post information that becomes a source of envy or depression for their friends. When users see their friends having fun in their lives, they feel a sense of loneliness or depression. The excitement in the pictures may be fake or just a small part of the friend’s life but it creates a feeling of envy in the user.
Even the user’s friends who post happy and exciting pictures online are not immune to the negative effects of social media. Information that a user posts online is being used to develop a profile of the user. This process also referred as data mining is used to develop aggregate information about the user using his social media information across different websites. This information is then sold to employees, insurance companies, and other interested parties. According to Lori Andrews, ‘our application for credit could be declined not on the basis of your own finances or credit history, but on the basis of aggregate data’ (Andrews). Facebook users, as a result, may be robbed off a certain job because of what they posted online; or their insurance premium may rise when they start showing more interest in dangerous sports.
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The ability to take advantage from any medium depends on the user of that technology or people of that society. Therefore if we see negative or positive effects of media on youth it can be safely said that global youth is responsible for the effects and it is not the media which should be held responsible for any cause or activity.
Until the Internet was introduced into the society and common people learnt how to operate it, people had little choice but to rely upon what they were fed by the television news channels and radios. The Internet has brought a revolutionary change in the world in many ways in general and as a source of information in particular.
Communication that defines the subjects and foundation of almost every activity carried in our societies has greatly experienced similar changes. Communication techniques have shifted from manual form that entailed letters and telephone lines connected to immobile communication devices, to digital mode characterized by computers and Smartphones connected to high-tech wireless networks and internet.
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Based on this research, social media has benefitted the society and the lifestyles of many people in a number of ways. It has undoubtedly presented a set of mixed effects on our lives. However, the ways this powerful social media has influenced and provided benefits to our society can never be overshadowed by some of its negative impacts.
The extensive use of these websites has no doubt had great effects on different aspects of contemporary human life.Though at first it might seem that these websites are harmless and their only objective is peer interaction.
This is because connectivity has increased loneliness as more and more people tend to favor connection to conversation. Most researchers maintain that people have never been lonelier than they are in the contemporary world, which is the opposite of
However, most of the influences have been negative to human life and well-being. SNS leads to psychological challenges, affects performance in schools, and leads to cyber bullying.
First, the use of these sites affects psychological well-being