The period during studying in high-school is one of the most important yet controversial in many students’ lives. This is mainly because most or all of the high school students are at the crucial adolescent stage in their lives which puts them in a very compromising position given their adventurous are curious nature. Many students try to fit into various cliques hence they are ready to do just about anything to get approval from their age-mates. The social media has engulfed a majority of high-school students’ lives which has turned out to be addictive and dangerous to them. It has become a norm for all teenagers particularly those in high-school to be always scrolling, trolling and texting on their phones throughout the day (Bonanno & Hymel, 2013). This essay will address the adverse effects that have come along with the social media craze and try to persuade the teenagers against the same.
The social media is a new phenomenon which has been highly taken up by teenagers and the youth, and they have integrated it into their culture. According to a recent research done, an average student cannot stay more than twenty minutes without checking their phones for messages or other matters only known to them. As a result, the students are not able to concentrate in class and their academic performance declines. The notorious students use this medium to create a cult-like following which is achieved in many ways. For instance, teenagers are seen posting photos of them partying and engaging in some unusual behavior in a bid to attract other teens or to look as ‘cool’ (Ybarra, 2007). The students who do not act as their peers do are seen as backward and old-fashioned which leaves them alienated from interacting with the ‘cool kids.’ As a result, many students fall into depression, and given that they are at the climax of hormonal imbalance this turns out to be wrong for them. Without a doubt, many students have been emotionally affected as a result of the usage of social media, and there is an urgent need to revamp this fact.
Many students have become hooked on the social media which has created adverse psychological impacts particularly on their self- esteem. It is brought out by the cyber-bullying and relational-aggression that happens on the sites. Relational-aggression implies to a new phenomenon among the young people whereby they compete on who gains the most followers or likes online (Bonanno & Hymel, 2013). As such, the students have difficulties in forming relationships as they can only socialize behind the curtains of their phones.
Social media has become a monster among the high school students and the only way to overcome this is by refraining from the usage of the same. There are two areas that students need to improve on. Firstly, they need to practice on developing better direct communication skills (Schneider et al., 2012) Secondly, the student needs to stop worrying much about what people will think about them, and they should go ahead and express their feelings and opinions which will save them from the social media menace.
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Schneider, Shari Kessel, et al. “Cyberbullying, school bullying, and psychological distress: A regional census of high school students.” American journal of public health 102.1 (2012): 171-177.
Ybarra, M. L., Diener-West, M., & Leaf, P. J. (2007). Examining the overlap in Internet harassment and school bullying: Implications for school intervention. Journal of Adolescent Health, 41(6), S42-S50.