What is the effect of social media on young people?
I. What I Know
“Did you hear what happened last night?” My friend asked me excitingly over the phone.
“What happened now … send me an email about it,” I said breathing in deeply. When I got the email all I see is that everyone is talking about a fight that started on facebook all because of a comment that was made.
“This is going to be so fun… I can already see them fighting,” My friends says sarcastically. She calls me and we start to talk about it more and get into the details of what happened. I stop the conversation and then I email her because if my mom heard the language they were using, well she really won’t get made she would just be too curious about everything and want to know what’s going on which I would tell her after it happened so that I get everything clear and know the full story not only what she told me happened.
II. What I want to Know
Later in the day I thought about everything that happened online and in the media that can affect people whether it’s emotionally or physically. Can social media cause people to change who they are or do things that they don’t normally do? I want to know if using social networks under these conditions can cause people to do harmful things to themselves or others. Many social networks are popular, so I wonder why they have so many problems.
I tried to understand more about the problems that occurred, but the things that can happen made me wonder why these things are so popular even though they can cause problems. With all of the things that I have encountered, the goal of my research is to answer this question: what effects does social media have on young people?
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