Teenagers that engage with social media at night are
damaging their sleep as increasing the risk of anxiety and depression. The strain
they felt to make themselves available day and night, and the anxiety if they
did not respond instantly to texts or posts as teenagers are so emotionally
invested in social media that they will wake up at night and go browsing, just
to make sure they don’t miss out and social media at night time is detrimental
their health, as a lack of sleep can make teenagers tried, irritable, depressed
and more likely to catch colds or flu. Additionally, the pressure on teenagers
of social media disproportionately affects them as pressure to be perfect e.g.
look, act, body, group of friends, and amount of likes on Instagram. And if
they do not meet these standards, then the self-loathing and bullying begins.

Social media is ruing younger live as teenagers are
withholding secretes from their parents of what is happening on their social
media profiles, according to a study1
by National Citizen Service written by Sally Weale (she is education
correspondent for the Guardian) demonstrates, rather than girls talking to
their parents, instead they seek comfort on social media when they are anxious.
Furthermore, the study showed girls are most likely to experience stress more
than boys. However, it could be social media that is damaging their sleep or it
cloud be teenagers turn to social media because they can not sleep for some other
reason. Dr Heather Cleland Woods 2(teaches
Psychology at University of Glasgow) says, her study3
reveals children as young as 11 were on Facebook and Twitter and using them
significantly”.  This illustrates social
media uses at night time impacts on sleep quality, those who browsing at night
appear to be mainly affected and are very extremely emotional. According to Dr
heather Cleland Woods study, the teenagers aged between 11 to 17 used social
median specifically night time, which lead to sleep quality, lower self-esteem,
higher levels of anxiety and depression.  Additionally, this emphasize that social
vulnerable kids are more at risk of depression, which may lead to committing

Another problem affecting younger lives is cyberbullying, a
done by nobullying.com and Nick Gillespie reveals that 7 out 10 teenagers are
cyberbullied, 80% of teenager’s use Facebook as 54% of those experienced
cyberbullying, 66% use YouTube as 21% of them were bullied, 43% of youths use
Twitter and 28% experienced cyberbullying and all youths 24% use Instagram as
24% of them were cyberbullied. According to another study5
by Pew Research Centre and Amanda Lenhart demonstrates 92% of American teenager’s
go online every day on social media to connect with other people as it can
bring numerous issues e.g. bullying through social media platform can include –
posting opposing comments on pictures, posting rude posts on a user’s wall, the
use of pictures or videos to make amusing of another user or the use social
media to stalk. The acts of bullying on social media can be traumatic what they
could be in a real-lifestyles situation, only in digital form as the impact of
problems are also similar. “Social media use is hugely common among teenagers”
said Machele Hamm6 (a
researcher in paediatrics at the University of Alberta), he’s research divulges
exposure to Cyberbullying increases possibility of depression as teenagers are
cautious to tell anyone when cyberbullying occurs as telling their parent will
result in losing internet access.  

According to a study
by Sarah Kessler (joined Mashable as a feature writer and she wrote about
emerging technology trends in education, activism and social media) contrast
that students aged between 12 to 17 nowadays, have begin to rely on the
accessibility of information that is available on the social media networks as
well as the web in general in orders to get answers. This suggest that their focus on learning is reduced as well as
on retaining information. Teenagers use their phones for social reason in
classes, and multi-tasking has become a major distraction in the classrooms as they
are trying to check various social media profiles while they study, which leads
to reduced academic performance. Additionally, their ability to concentrate on
their task at hand get significantly reduced due to the distraction of social
media. Student who are using social media platforms on a regular’s basis tend
to have more stomach aches, besides sleeping problems, as well as anxiety and
depression. Looking at the two graphs it’s obvious that student’s grades suffer
with unrestricted and unfocused use of social media. In contrast to this,
social media have detrimental effect on the health of student’s as it makes
them more vulnerable to various health problems in the future. Alternatively, when
parents provide their child a phone or a laptop to fulfil their desires as it
gives them the opportunity to do whatever they want e.g. favourite app, movies
or favourite music etc.  But some children
nowadays are so addictive with social media that they will stay up all night
rather than obtaining enough sleep before their day at school the next morning,
as at school teenager’s attention deficiency decrease and majority of teenager’s
struggle to listen due to the loss of sleep.

 Overall, social media
have ruined younger lives as teenagers are sitting around with their gadgets in
their hands all day long, tapping messages onto screens instead of
communicating with real people and is affecting their learning skills, as teenager’s
spending too much time on social media and much lesser time on socializing in
person. Moreover, lack of body signal besides other nonverbal cues, including
tone and inflection in case of social media platforms as an adequate
replacement for fact to face communication and not able to communicate in with
someone in an effective manner. On the contrary, teenagers are often more
comfortable with talking to strangers on social media as many molester and
predators pose as children online to network with young victims and some even
go as far as using other people’s pictures and stealing identities, which leads
to people lives being ruined as their private life is revealed on social media.

1 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/11/teenager’s

2 https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/psychology/staff/heatherwoods/

3 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/11/teenager’s

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=ES6nUrsVFQU

5 http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teenager’s

6 https://www.livescience.com/51294-cyberbullying-social-media-teen-depression.html

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