Social media may lead teens to insecurity

Emily Costa, Staff Writer

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   The rise of social media initially occurred in 1999, when blogging sites grew more and more popular. It started off with Myspace and Facebook, slowly but surely inching its way to Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter. 94% of teenagers log into a social media site or app everyday. Some find themselves frequently influenced by peers and idols. The big question is, does that affect your ability to be yourself?

  “I always have to worry about what other people think,” Patrick Canestrelli, ‘18 admitted along with three other students.

  Studies have shown that the rise of social media has lead to a rise in mental health issues such as: addiction and  depression. Teens have begun to compare themselves to each other more than they have before.

  Society has began to noticeably blend together with certain traits and trends that are currently popular among the social media world. All around Lakeview High School, teenagers have started the widespread trend of dying their hair. It brings people to think exactly why it is that certain styles are blowing up.

  Social media is what teenagers thrive on. The constant exposure to each other’s likes and dislikes bring teens to do what they can to “fit in.”

    “Although social media is a really good outlet for expressing yourself and who you are, a lot of the time, you find yourself seeing idols and what they look like, and you start comparing yourself to them. It might influence you to make changes to yourself to look like they do,” Rachel Dawn, ‘21, commented.

  Teenagers argue that social media isn’t all that bad. In a positive sense, social media keeps everyone connected. It’s an easier way to see what is happening all over the world, and you can easily share your personal style too.

   “I like being able to see what everyone is doing. You can see what’s going on in that exact moment, almost sharing the moment with everyone else,” Angelina Schumer, ‘20, expressed.

   Depending on the way it is used, teens may be affected negatively, so it is wise to use social media with caution.

 

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