Social media constitutes websites and applications designed to allow people to share content quickly, efficiently and in real-time.
Most people today define social media as apps on their smartphone or tablet, but the truth is, this communication tool started with computers. This misconception stems from the fact that most social media users access their tools via apps.
Using social media is the most common practice of today’s younger generation. Social Media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube offer youth a portal for entertainment and communication and have grown exponentially in recent years.
However, though social media yield positive impacts upon the younger generation, it also causes negative impacts upon them.
People specially youth use social media as a way of passing time and gradually get addicted to it resulting in waste of time.
Problems associated with social media:
• The vastness of social media means that there is no control over the scope of information. Such situations can lead to young generation bumping into fake information, obscene images, harmful content on websites that may affect their thinking process and behaviour.
• Cyberbullying is another growing trend through social media websites. Cyberbullying can have dangerous and potentially fatal effects on users.
• Waste of time. While social media is useful, but ‘too much of a …’ you know how it goes. Spending too much time can also affect people negatively and often lead to social media addiction. Addiction can negatively manifest itself as issues with wellbeing including physical and mental health problems.
• Too much social media can affect developmental ability among growing children leading to poor interpersonal relationships. Children are moldable, and the avalanche of information can overwhelm them at a young age.
Solutions by using alternatives:
• Inspired young generation with book-reading habits.
• Teach them social, cultural and religious values.
• Involved them in outdoor games.
• Encourage attendance and involvement in cultural programs.
• Establish a friendly empathetic environment for young people in society.