The impact of social media is itcould increases the social problems among youth. Some examples of socialproblems cause by social media is cyber bullying, disconnect youth from theirfriends, lead to personality disorder, no interaction between youth and thepeople around them and lower youth’s self-esteem.
Cyber bullying is the use ofelectronic communication to bullysomeone, usually by sending intimidating or threatening messages to thatperson. With the rapid increasing and improvisation of various social medianowadays, the case of cyber bullying keeps increasing. An article written by Ifeoma Nzemecha whichis published on 7 October 2017 stated that a research conducted in 2012, foundthat at least 800,000 persons underthe age of full legal responsibility had been harassed on Facebook. Cyber bullying leaves a great impact on youth as it can cause emotionaltrauma to the victims and sometimes even leads to suicide.
Besides, socialmedia can be a medium that can help people to be sociable with their virtualfriends online and can also help them keep up the friendships among them. However,there are some users who agreed that social media will lead a friendship to anending because of the post that they put online. The action of postingany comment or status online about others will cause a face-to-face argumentbetween people when they criticized each other on social media such as Facebook,Instagram, Twitter or We Chat and thenit will turn into a physical confrontation which will leads to an ending of afriendship. Social media sites also gives people a false sense of connection. Basedon research conducted at Cornell Universities, people who are going online are strugglingto differentiate between significant relationships that they build in the realworld and the virtual world.
A lot of case of causalrelationships is built through the social networking sites (Jung, 2015). When people are immersing themselves incomputers by allocating all their time and energy on meaningless relationshipsonline, their connection with their real world relationships become weaken and faded. The excessive usage of socialmedia also can promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem among youthbecause the youth who go online willhave a tendency to compare themselves with other.
So the people who keep doingthis is at higher risk for depression and have low self-esteem because they arenot grateful for what they have and they think their life is not as good asother people however the people that post something online only reveal goodthings that happens in their life or they just want to seek attention. Based onPew Research Center’s Teens Relationships Survey, September 25- October 9, 2014,and February 10- March 16, 2015, about 40% of teens feel pressure to only postcontent that makes them look good to others. According to the article by NickMc Gillivray , 47% of 18 – 34 year old users reported using social media ortexting during meals. This habit can cause these people to have less time forface-to-face interaction with their beloved one.
For instance, if parents are toofocusing on using the social media during their meals time, the children aremore prone to feeling isolated and disconnected because they lose theirprecious time with their parents.