Socialmedia is the word employed to describe the social interaction betweenpeople of different ages over the Internet. interactionshave been made a success by technological inventions and innovations.The world has been converted to a global village due to the ease ofsocial interaction via the Internet. More sophisticated communicationdevices have emerged. Some of those devices include iPhones, androidphones, computers, laptops, and tablets. Besides, the availability ofhigh-speed Internet has played a significant role towards the growthof social media (Scherman et al. pp.151-171). Theessay provides an insight on the effects of social media among youngpeople between the ages of 12 to 35 years.
Effectsof social media on young people between the ages of 12 and 35 years
Theemergence of social media has improved social interaction betweenpeople located in different geographical areas. It has increasedefficiency due to utilization of high speed Internet in passing ofinformation to the targeted groups. The study shows that by the year2018 active social media will amount to over 2.5 billion peopleacross the world (Kleineberg, Kaj-Kolja, and Marián, p.120). Higherutilization of social media has both positive and negative impactsamong the young between the ages of 12 to 35 years as discuss below.
Socialmedia help young people between the ages of 12 to 35 to learn what ishappening across the world. It also acts as an important avenue forestablishing healthy future connections with other people afterschool. serves as an important platform for networkingand job searching. The study shows that some organization advertisesvacant position via the social media sites to make it available toall young people who meet particular job specifications. Hence, youngpeople take that opportunity to explore social media and findopportunities. Some professional organization utilizes social mediaplatforms to pass vital professional skills to the youths whichconsequently forms an important part of their career growth. Youngpeople at the age of 12 use social media to interact with their peersand also use it to seek financial and social assistance from theirparents (Scherman et al, p.149).
Socialmedia act as a valuable tool for dealing with stress. Young peopleshare their stressful life experiences via the social media byposting on their social media walls or chatting with their friends. also act as an important platform for sharing learningresources. Some youths utilize social media to share learning notesand also helping each other to solve challenging academic task bycommunicating on how to go about a particular problem. The studyshows that social media has become a lifestyle such that most youthscannot do without it. Some have established online organizations andgroups such Whatsapp and Facebook groups where they sell products andservices especially among young people between the ages of 21 to 35.Such activities also have a positive impact on the economy whichestablish via online transactions (Scherman et al. pp.151-171).
Despitehaving numerous benefits, social media have some adverse effects onthe young people between the age of 12 and 35. A study shows thatmost young people spend most of their productive time on social mediachatting and exchanging photos with a friend rather than use thattime to carry out their duties. Children between the age of 12 and 16years have been adversely affected by social media because some tendto use most of their time on social media sites rather than doingtheir assignments. Besides, some social media sites tend to exposeyoung children to pornographic materials which negatively affecttheir morals. Some social media sites tend to be used by criminalgangs to recruit youths to crimes such as prostitution, robbery, drugand trafficking. Most young people between the ages of 21 to 35 whoare employed in various organizations spend most of their time onsocial media. Spending much time on social media has made thembecome less productive in the workplace (Robinson, et al. 115-130).
Itcan be observed that social media has numerous positive impacts onyoung people between the age of 12 and 35 years. For instance, socialmedia keep young people updated on what is happening across theworld. It also provides a platform for learning, networking andacquisition of professional career skills needed for a job. Socialmedia enables youths to deal with stress to and difficult lifeexperiences through chatting. However, social media has a negativeimpact among the youths. It leads to wastage of time, resources andexposure to social vices. Measures should be put forth to rescueyouth from the negative impacts of social media.
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