‘A’ Assignment #4: Teens and Social Media

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For this research I thought it was very interesting when I started to read all of the websites that were provided. I found so much information about teens and social media. I started to wonder to myself if social media could change a teen.

In the website https://wehavekids.com/parenting/social-network-to-teens it says, “Teens today are the first generation that cannot imagine life without the Internet and the various devices that connect us to it. Our electronic gadgets have become extensions of our bodies, like crutches. On the other hand, you might also say that these powerful tools give us wings. Some people believe that the Internet and its various social networking options affect us negatively while others beg to differ. Parents who cling to their pre-Internet way of life are scrambling to make sure they have the right answers to guide their kids.”

In the website http://fortune.com/2017/10/15/social-media-teen-anxiety/ it says, “Experts in teenage mental health say social media is a significant factor in a rising tide of anxiety among teenagers and adolescents. Social media is just one of many factors emerging in the latest trends, with others including perfectionism and over-commitment among privileged kids, and the often all-too-real threat of violence and instability for poor and working-class teens.”

In the website https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/social-media-brain/index.html it says, “Dumontheil does, however, concur that social media is affecting our brain, particularly its plasticity, which is the way the brain grows and changes after experiencing different things. “Whenever you learn something new or you experience something, it’s encoded in your brain, and it’s encoded by subtle changes in the strength of connections between neurons,” says Dumontheil. For example, one study showed that the white matter in an adults’ brains changed as they learned how to juggle over a period of several months. “They found that if you scan [the brains of] adults before they learn how to juggle, and then three months later, you can see changes in the brain structure,” says Dumontheil.” Time spent on social media could, therefore, also cause the brain to change and grow.”

I did my own experiment and asked my aunt and uncle what they thought about teens and social media because my cousin is a teen girl. They said that they thought that social media changed her right away when they first started to let her have Facebook for example. This was pure evidence that social media can change teens and their brains I think. I believe that teens can become to obsessed with social media and start to actually need it to want to survive on a daily basis.

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The resources that I used to find the research that I found:

https://wehavekids.com/parenting/social-network-to-teens

http://fortune.com/2017/10/15/social-media-teen-anxiety/

https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/social-media-brain/index.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/suren-ramasubbu/influence-of-social-media-on-teenagers_b_7427740.html

 

Do you think that social media can change the brain?

Thanks for reading!

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