Social media has taken over the world, it has taken a hold of our every day lives. It is at that point that we get all your information from Social media sits such as Facebook, twitter, snap chat, and Instagram. Our world has turned into a world where everyone posts everything online from their personal lives to what they see happening in the world around them. Social media has affected what we think, how we communicate and how we learn about things that are going on in someone’s life or the world around us. Social media dose have some benefits such as being able to create friendships and to help friends and family stay connected, but at the same time it does bring up some concerns about the harms that is can cause such as addiction, depression, and political polarization. Times and things have changed so much from the days of reading a newspaper, to a book to watching the local news to find information out. We have become a society has is has become so dependent on technology that we are glued to our computers, cellphone, and tablets. The problem with that is anyone can post something online and its all about the amount of follower, likes and shares that fuel what is posted online. Social media has gotten so big that it has become a resource where younger generations get their voice heard and news read. Social media has taken over our lives, to the point where a lot of the younger generations get their news from places like Facebook and twitter. Social media has taken away everyday person to person interaction with other people, all they must do now it get online and follow and message others with out ever meeting them in person.
It has become a way for people to voice their options where anyone and everyone can see it. While social media can be used for good it can also cause harm and have a negative effect on people. Social media has also become a place where when you post something online anyone can comment on it and sometimes its positive, but it can also be negative. Social media at times has turned into a place where someone can get cyber bullied by people that do not even know or has no idea who the person is they are commenting on but they do it just to be a cyber troll. I would like to talk about the positive and negatives that social media has had on our society: also the studies that I have looked up shows the role that social media has played in the spike in suicide rates. Social media has become such a mainstream way of life that the United States has had to create laws to help protect users from being required to give employers their online names and password to their accounts. Law to protect people from being cyberbullied and harassed. At the same time while Social Media can have a negative effect on our society it can also have some positive effects on our everyday life. In some cases it can help bring awareness to causes such as cancer research and helping friends and family that might live far away from one another the chance to stay connected and find out what is going on in others lives and how they are doing. With COVID-19 going on Social media today has been the only real way a lot of people can stay connected in a safe way.
In 2012 Maryland become the first state in the United States to create social media laws. “Senate Bill 433 on May 2, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley made Maryland the first state in the nation to legally prohibit employers from requesting or requiring an employee or job applicant to disclose their user name or password to access a social networking account.1 Many states have passed, or are currently considering passing laws to protect employees from being forced to provide their usernames and passwords to social networking websites, commonly referred to as “social networking laws.”2 As of October 2013, social networking laws have been instituted or are currently pending in thirty-six states.3 Additionally, efforts to ban the practice nationwide have gained traction in Congress through such legislation as the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) and the Password Protection Act.4 Maryland’s social networking law does not explicitly resolve several major issues surrounding the use of social networking in the context of the employer-employee relationship.” (https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1221&context=jbtl)
This law was created to help employees to help keep their social media accounts privet so employers could not force employees to give them their usernames and password to their personal social media accounts. In 2014 Ohio introduced a law against cyberbullying under the Ohio telecommunication harassment law. Anyone that has been convicted of cyberbullying in the state of Ohio maybe face fines or ever imprisonment or they could face both depending on the severity of the crime. First time offenders in Ohio can be charged with first degree misdemeanor and could face up to 1,000 dollars in fines or up to a maxim of six months in jail. After that if you are convicted of doing it a second time in Ohio it will go on your record as a fifth-degree felony with up to $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail. The reason this type of law was created it because people are being bullied and harassed online and some have even been cyberstalked online.
Proposal I would like to write a paper on the effects of Social media and what it has done to our society. Social media has taken over our lives, anyone and everyone can post information online. From myspace to Facebook, snapchat, twitter and Instagram just to name a few. Social media has gotten so big that it has become a resource where younger generations get their voice heard and news read. Social media has taken over our lives, to the point where a lot of the younger generations get their news from places like Facebook and twitter. It has become a way for people to voice their options where anyone and everyone can see it. While social media can be used for good it can also cause harm and have a negative effect on people. Social media has also become a place where when you post something online anyone can comment on it and sometimes its positive, but it can also be negative. Social media at times has turned into a place where someone can get cyber bullied by people that do not even know. I would like to talk about the positive and negatives that social media has had on our society. The study also shows the role that social media has played in the spike in suicide rates. She also turned to Dr. Michael Rich who as a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical school who is also a director of the center on media at child health at Boston’s children’s hospital. He contributed to the study by comparing social media and suicide to video games and violence. That some children maybe using social media in a problematic or dangerous ways, they are reading and heading about things that happen in the world or to them and they might get influenced by what they see or read on social media. What today’s youth see online can have an effect on them, some see something embarrassing about them posted online or they post a picture of something and just about anyone can comment on it or post something about it which can have a negative effect on someone’s life and lead to cyber bulling which in effect has led to suicide rates going up, eating disorders and other phycological issues.
I feel that this article alone is a great example of what I want to discuss how social media is affecting our life’s as a society. While things can go wrong on Social Media, it can also be used for good as a platform to bring notice to a cause such as cancer awareness or how cyber bulling can effect someonehttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/well/family/teenagers-social-media.html
A study in 2018 states the over three billion people a little over 40% of the worlds population us on or uses some type of social media such as Facebook, twitter, and snap chat at almost two hours every day. That is a lot of time people are spending checking out what is going on online rather than spending real time with friends, family, and other love ones. While studies on the effect of social media are new a study came out that said that social media has contributed to high stress levels among women that women are stressing out over posts on social media than men. It has also caused a few people to have much higher anxiety levels as well, causing people to worry more and have trouble sleeping. That same study found that depression is also something that has increased among students causing many of them to feel worthless and hopeless.
In another article that I found quote from the Mayo Clinic “ social media use can also negatively affect teens, distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives and peer pressure.
The risks might be related to how much social media teens use. A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds in the U.S. found that those who spent more than three hours a day using social media might be at heightened risk for mental health problems. Another 2019 study of more than 12,000 13- to 16-year-olds in England found that using social media more than three times a day predicted poor mental health and well-being in teens.” (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/teens-and-social-media-use/art-20474437)
Social media has also turned into an addiction where people are so consumed over what is going on in the cyberworld that they can lost track of time and reality. Someone can just shut everyone out around them and have no human interaction with anyone outside of the cyberworld. Which has led to people having low self esteem issues as well. For example some females see the pictures online that have been taken of other women, whether they are real or photoshopped a study shows the some women wish they could be or look like the pictures they see of other women online which leads to them feeling unattractive in their eyes. In 2016 the University of Penn State did a study that showed that females have lower self-esteem because they compare them self’s to someone else’s selfie and think that they need to look, act or dress like that in real life which can make someone less happy and confident in them self’s.
These numbers all around are disturbing on what social media has done to us as a society from a negative standpoint. The face that it seems to cause so much harm to many of us in causing depression, anxiety, and stress among us as a society it is disturbing. The fact that social media has taken over us and we care so much what people think about us and how many likes, comments and shares has become such a big deal that when it comes to interaction with other people in person has almost become nonexistent.
While social media dose has some negative effects on our society it can also have a positive effect as well. In some cases, social media has had some positive effects on peoples lives as well. Where in some cases it has increased someone’s self confidence by posting a picture and receiving positive feed back from others. It is a good way to also stay in contact with friends and family to makes sure that the people that they care able but might not be living in the same city or state as them a way to still stay connected even in long distance. It can help bring people closer together or even help them make new relationships or even friendships with people that they might not even get the chance to meet in real life. It is a way to people to create profiles to connect with others and see what is going on in today’s world. It has become a way for people to stay connected with what is going in the world around them without having the media telling them what to think or how to feel. It is a way to get in some cases a nonobjective point of view of what is going on. It is also a way to get awareness out to the world to let people know what issues are important to you and how you feel about an issue that is going on to see what others think or how others handle it. It has also helped with people how are feeling lonely, it gives them a way to connect with the outside world without being judged on who they are. It gives people a way to meet others that have the same interests and point of view as them and a way to express it. While its dose cut down on every day in person interaction its dose keeps people social with one another in some way shape or form. For example, I use social media to stay connected with friends that I have made over the years in different states so we can stay in communication with one another to stay in contact. With what is going on today with Covid-19 social media has become a great way to spread news and a way to love ones and friends to check in on one another to see how they are doing while playing it safe and making sure they keep contact levels down with people that have compromised immune systems or at high risk of contacting this virus.
While we all might have our own options of social media and what we think of it and how we use it, we do have a choice to believe what we want and control how much we are on it. While it has being known to cause mental and health issues depending on how you use it or read into things and it has caused a lot of debate of whether or not social media is to blame for high suicide rates or causes people to have metal issues over what they see or what they read online. Only time will tell in that aspect on how social media has effected our lives or if it is going to become something that is just going to be the norm and they laws are going to have to change to adjust with the times or if the way we communicate with others online is going to be the new norm and that everything that is going on in the social media world is going to be apart of our everyday lives and that society is just going to except it and look at all of the negative things online as just a cry for help. Personally, I do not take things that I see online personal, unless you attack someone I care about. I am not one of those people that take everything seriously, I look at it as it is a way to help others in their time of need. Some people I know post everything online and a few have used it as a cry for help in which I reach out to them and say hey I saw what you posted online are you doing okay and that I am here for them if they need me even if I am in another state or a few hours away from them that if they need me I am their for them. I am also one of those people that I don’t care what others that do not know me think of me only those that know me can judge me and that if someone has something negative to stay to me online than that means they can say it too my face and if they choose to hind behind a keyboard and screen than they are just cowards who are just out their to get a rise of me or someone else. People do use social media to trash talk someone they do not even know just to get them to say something back. In the case of famous people, someone online will say something to someone famous just to get a reaction out of them just so they can have their 15 minutes of fame.