When I was growing up I could remember playing outside all day with the neighborhood kids, this is how I’ve built friendships that to this day are going strong. These face to face interactions, in my belief have helped shaped my personality as well as my values and beliefs overall shaping me into the person I am today! I can guarantee that most of you reading this would agree that’s probably how you remember growing up and forming friendships and sharing values etc. However today the youth is more concerned with their digital image rather than how they present themselves in person, Friendships and relationships revolve around a screen and some words, sometimes for millions to see.
This radical change in communication could have a negative effect on today’s youth. Danika Roberts, a Mental Health Clinical Supervisor says “Whether you’re male or female, it can affect you in different ways but it’s a huge impact on the decisions our youth are making,” In an article published on the KLEWTV website called “Social Media and Our Youth Findings.” by Veronica Miracle. I am a in what I believe to be the last generation that will have a normal childhood, by this I mean playing outside, forming friends through face to face interactions etc. The children nowadays form their relationships mainly thru text messages and social media networking, making them “popular” by how many friends like a photo of theirs, or status update. Instead of having to ask a girl out face to face kids these days do it over some form of digital media, and That’s is just lame.
Although social media is changing the ways we relate to one another even adults must be weary. The internet allows you to hide behind a screen and pretend to be anyone you want, allowing people with good intentions to become “Catfished” by others. Even celebrities have been fooled by cyber relationships; one celebrity duped by social media relationships is Manti Te’o. Manti built a relationship with a woman named “Lennay,Kekua” thru the use of social media. However “Lennay Kekua, never existed, despite the fact that the two exchanged countless messages over the Internet, reportedly spoke for hours on the telephone and supposedly even met.” Said Montgomery, James in his article “Manti Te’o Hoax: ‘Catfish’ Star Nev Schulman Weighs In.”.
So is social media having a negative impact on today’s youth? Unfortunately there is not enough evidence to make that determination at this time because the social media machine has evolved so quickly that the long term effects for emotional development and interpersonal relationships upon our youth are just not known.
Montgomery, James. “Manti Te’o Hoax: ‘Catfish’ Star Nev Schulman Weighs In.” – Music, Celebrity, Artist News. MTV Logo: ©2013 Viacom International Inc, 06 Jan. 2013. Web. 01 Oct. 2013.
Miracle, Veronica. “Social Media and Our Youth Findings.” KLEW News. http://www.klewtv.com/, 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 Oct. 2013.