Social Networking Negatively Affects Teens
COM/172 Elements of University Composition and Communication II August 7, 2013
In May 2013, 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina was found dead Wednesday afternoon by her family (Boyette, 2013).. In September 2012, 15-year-old Audrie Pott was sexually assaulted by three boys, who later posted pictures of the attack online- leading to her suicide (Giammona, 2013); both of these suicides caused by cyber-bullying, which is common among teens. A study in Britain revealed that at least half of suicides among young people are associated with bullying ("Bullying Statistics", 2009). Though social networking has many positive effects in society, it has more negative consequences, especially upon teenagers, such as cyber-bullying, negative influences on social behavior, and the promotions of crime and violence. When used responsibly, social networking is efficient, fun, and useful. Unfortunately, teenagers in today’s society misuse social networks- causing social networking become dangerous and psychologically harmful.
Cyber-bullying is the most common negative effect of social networking. More than one in three teens has experienced cyber-threats online according to a study done by The "Bullying Statistics" (2009). According to psychologist Anthony Pellegrini, Bullying is a precise method of aggression and one that is used intentionally to secure resources such as friends, self-esteem, and self-worth. About one in five teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others. Teens take and send these sexually suggestive pictures without thinking of the consequences and how cyber-bullying can affect them, leaving young women more likely to be negatively affected by posts they have seen on social networks. In fact, 34% of 16-25-year-olds in the UK say they have experienced depression as a result of something they have seen on a...
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