How Computers Affect Teen Lives?
Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every 40 seconds. Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care, and it has generally been found that those who post suicide notes online tend to not receive help. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are known to cause a lot of the suicides. Social media is made up of web sites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional relationships. Social media are harmful to society because they lead to cyber bullying, cause low self-esteem, have no privacy, and create a lack of true, face-to-face communication among people.
Social media has provided a gateway for bullying to take place online, making it possible to bully someone wherever they are. “I’ve seen too many posts, on several social network sites, in which kids suggest that other kids should go kill themselves.” Kids are being cruel to each other online, saying things like ‘kill yourself’ can really push a person to the edge and they don’t truly realize how their words are affecting others. Kids are thinking that because they are online and hiding behind a screen, that it’s okay to bully and intimidate other kids. “Bullying was around before the Internet, but cyber bullying makes it easier.” Kids choose to bully each other online because to be a real bully, you have to be strong and intimidating; but to cyber bully all you need is a social networking account and a keyboard. Being bullied at school is something you can get away from once you go home, but cyber bullying follows you to the Internet. When kids are constantly tormented, in school and online, it can lead them to feel depressed, have a low self-esteem, develop eating disorders, or even commit suicide.
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