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Effects of Social Media on Youth

We cannot deny the fact that social media is ruling our life. The effects of social media seem to have affected the youth the most out of the other age groups. The moment a person gets free from his work whether it is household work or office work; the person immediately grabs the phone and starts checking the updates on social media. The young generation is getting carried away by social media to a considerable extent and the effect of the same is both positive as well as negative. But the negative part is more in case it is not integrated into marketing, business, or academic goals. Youngsters spending too much time on cell phones is a rising concern for every parent and we are finding a lot of negative things related to the irrelevant usage of social media which is affecting not only academic life but also the career as well as social and mental wellness of the youth. It is the fastest-growing addiction which is having some serious repercussions on the overall life. The life which is shown on social media is virtual; means the life which people want to see and not the actual life. Realities of actual life are far more different from what is shown on social media posts. People are incurring debts to make their social media life look good and as per the current trend. Weekend posts of chilling out in bars, fancy restaurants, shopping at branded stores, buying expensive gadgets, etc just for the sake of show off to their friends and family that they are also in vogue. This is a kind of race in which people are running breathlessly to fulfil their desires which is nothing but just getting carried away envying the possessions of others. Another dark aspect is bullying which youngsters have fun doing; which is ok if it is to a limited extent. The day it leads to cyberbullying; the situation becomes alarming leading to suicides, depression, and other serious mental and health issues. Cyberbullying is a criminal offence and is punishable under the law. Hence being a parent you need to be watchful about what your teens are doing no matter they won't like to interfere in their life but it is ok as being a parent it's your duty and right to keep an eye on them. Some youngsters are so much influenced by the posts that they want to change their appearance and want to be like them. Which is good if it is for the betterment but not advisable at all if it is leading to kind of madness to be like them at any cost. We have heard about the famous saying that there are always two sides of the same coin. So along with a list of negatives, there are positive things too The young generation of the 21st century is far smarter and intelligent and knows its worth and how to use it. They very well know how to manage their resources for their betterment. Social media helps you get recognition very quickly and easily. We have seen young people getting famous on YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms for their uniqueness in the presentation of their skills like singing, online classes, motivational speakers, mimic artists, stand up comedians and what not. The list is too long. We all love following and watching these channels and are the subscribers too. No other platform can give you such a huge audience with just some clicks and at a minimum cost. What you should be having is the uniqueness of what you are putting forward better than your competitors. Social media not only gives you recognition but also becomes a good source of earning. Another advantage which is why social media became very popular is making friends and increasing your group. People of similar interests can find each other easily. Those who are looking for academic or career-related guidance can get the required information quite easily and most of the time at no cost. Marketing becomes easier for any new start-up or existing business. Running advertisements on social media will give you more viewership than on television or any other advertising option. Your company brand, product, and Company will get a huge platform that will give you recognition very quickly provided you have a USP to offer. The young generation is anyways flooded with ideas and every second day we see a new ad coming up offering something which was never offered online. We do understand that all cannot have a great and successful academic career and those whose academics have not been good for one reason or the other but having some creativity within can use social media to show it to the world. Online classes, tutorials, online seminars, etc.; there are so many options you get here. So if you are not successful in your academics but are good at other skills then this is the place for you where you can achieve your desired goals with the career option of your choice. To sum up anything used in limits is good and going beyond limits will lead to other drawbacks. Parenting here plays a very vital role to handle the teens in a friendly manner and not by forcibly stopping them. As anything done by force will not last long and they will soon find alternative ways and means to fulfil their desires. In case as a parent, you are finding it difficult to handle consult a counsellor or an expert seeking their advice. Whatever the case maybe being a parent you cannot afford to let your child do things which are not good for their life ahead. Stop them before it’s too late. Make parent and child relation a friendly one where at least your child can come and speak to you about anything without fear. They should feel that their parents are always there to help them in whatever difficult situation they are in. Hope you found this analytical post useful. Happy parenting!!! Happy Family Life!!!!

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