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The obsession teens have with social media, and the problem surrounding it.

Katelynn Case, Staff Writer

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When you listen to your parents talk about their childhood, there are no cell phones, or social media. Obviously, this lessened a lot of the issues we see today.

Bullying was less common because there was no cyber bullying, children were not suffering with obesity as often because they were outside and being active more often, and there weren’t nearly as many expectations to live up to.

Now our childhoods are the complete opposite. People are getting cyber bullied, and teens feel like they have expectations to live up to because they see posts on social media which cause themselves to compare themselves to others.

Maleah Roberts says, “When it comes to social media, I feel like I have to live up to certain expectations or else my life is over.”

Although it has some benefits, social media is one of the worst things that has happened to our generation. Teens have wrapped our lives so far in it, we don’t pay as much attention to our real lives as we should.

Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter are some of the biggest social media sites used. Teens feel like they need to be on the sites, so they can see what is going on in others lives, but that is the opposite of what needs to be done.

“I always feel like I need to constantly be checking my social media because I am scared I am going to miss out on something,” says Zoey Rodgers.

With everyone’s brains focused on social media, it doesn’t leave room for other things. One thing that has changed a lot because of social media is the way we communicate with one another.

      Teenagers as well as adults are now so used to talking over the phone, that when it comes to having to talk face to face, they don’t know how. That is a big problem we are seeing a lot in recent years.

      Also, studies have shown that this generation is a lot more depressed, and have a lot more problems than previous generations. It may not all be because of cell phones, and social media, but that potentially does play a big roll in it.

Ways that we can fix this issue is to try and get teens to do things that do not require cell phones. For example, going for a hike, playing a sport, reading a book, etc.

This problem can be changed, it just takes time and effort, but if people try to fix it, then things will change.

 

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