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The use of the internet’s social media is inevitable. 73% of teenagers aged between 12 to 17 use
Facebook and in 20 years’ time, it will be impossible to separate the teenagers from the screen.
Moreover, the adults are not left behind. A high percentage use their time on this platforms. With
the new technological inventions, everything is just a click away. However, these advantages come
at a price. This paper demonstrates negative impacts of the media and gives viable solutions.
Media has significantly changed our culture since the introduction of the radio. New inventions
and creations have been experienced today, and social media is the latest invention. Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram among others have made their way into homes. There are a lot of benefits
associated with programs such as easy communication, motivation on various aspects such as
health by getting applications such as Jawbone which provides the necessary tips. Also, the
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connect people globally and give updates on current affairs. Great things like seeing your loved in
an instant in now possible. However, this advantages come at a price.
Argumentative and synthesis
Increase in the theme of violence in the media. (Smith and Donnerstein), those viewers
who watch violence scenes have higher chances of being violent. From the survey, boys
grew to become more violent after media violence exposure. Similar results were obtained
from regardless of intellect, social class, and parenting. From the research done by
Anderson (2002), video games have a negative impact on the players due to the roles that
the player takes.
Laziness and creativity level decreased - It is reported that students who continuously use
social media such as Facebook perform poorly and have lower grades compared to those
students whose use these platforms less often (Rosen, 2011).
Shortened concentration and attention span. People are used to reading short texts because
of character limitation. Long paragraphs messages are therefore uninteresting to these
people since they are only interested in the main point (Debyshire, 2009).
Influence on body image. From the study done by Halliwell, it is evident that the influence
of the media plays an enormous role in women’s final decision about cosmetic surgery
(Halliwell, 2013). Increase in eating disorders in adolescent girls who want to lose weight
and become skinny like the models or perfect and beautiful like the women seen on
televisions (Battles, 2009).
Negative psychological changes. People who use social media platforms are found to be
attention seekers and tend to narcissism. This leads to annoyance to other members and
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results to cyberbullying. These may, in turn, lead to psychological changes. Any bullying
is a crucial contributor to depression development which may lead to suicide (Debyshire,
Change in people’s culture. Jamaica, media has contributed in the change of people’s lives
for instance dressing, language, individualism, gender roles, and family values (Hazen &
Jain, 2007).
Other arguments include: increased terrorism and crime rate, children stumbling to
unfitting contents like pornography, avenues for sex predators and serial killers to get their
victims, fake information spreading quickly, poor academic performance on students and
promotion of drug and alcohol.
Solution. Censoring of the media content should be the parent’s crucial role, and by doing
so, the parents will have done their best to bring up an adult with good ethics and morals.
More companies dedicated to reducing and eliminating violence in films should be
established for example Media scope. Teenagers should be sensitized on aggression,
violence, and sex to uphold their morals and judgment. Advocating for media literacy and
teaching to women and girls by teaching them how to analyze, interpret, understand and
inoculate themselves against messages from the media. People should also know that no
one is perfect hence no need to imitate others. One should live their life peacefully without
pressure from other people. Social media platforms should be regulated and controlled to
ensure that the information being communicated does not contribute to crime or any other
illegal activities. Parents should strictly monitor their children for proper usage of the
media content and their time. People should try to provide enough and ample time for face
to face communication and interaction for instance by spending time with friends, family
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and new people in your life. Each person should learn to, moderate their time and access
to social time to invest the time and energy in other things. To enhance the concentration
span, one should always take breaks when working online. People should uphold empathy
before posting comments. Everyone should respect each other person’s opinion since we
are all different and avoid cyberbullying. It’s also necessary to follow inspiring people in
this networks rather than wasting time on unimportant issues. These people can help
inspire someone to take action and better themselves.
Counter claims
Media has the potential to reduce aggressiveness and promote positive interactions
(Woodard & Mares, 2005).
Media has enhanced and increased the overall knowledge among the people and children
(Woodard & Mares, 2005).
Media is an excellent resource since it helps people embrace the diverse technology
(Woodard & Mares, 2005).
Media is informative to teenagers and kids on issues of drugs, alcohol, sex, and smoking
(Woodard & Mares, 2005).
Not all student who use Facebook check their accounts when doing their work (Rosen,
Not everyone who uses these platforms is an attention seeker (Rosen, 2011)..
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Media influence is inevitable with the growing technology. These influences are likely to change
the reality, morals, body image, sexual attitude and drinking behavior. From the above discussion
on the impacts of media, it is evident that the negative impacts outweigh the positive impacts.
Therefore, no one should fall into any media trap. The use of media creates an emptiness in young
children and teenagers which is irreversible.
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Work cited
Anderson, Craig A., and Brad J. Bushman. "The effects of media violence on
society." Science 295.5564 (2002): 2377-2379.
Halliwell, Emma. Body appreciation and women prevention from negative effects? "The impact
of idealized thin media images on body satisfaction:." Body Image 10.4 (2013): 509-514.
Rosen, Jain, Amit, et al. "Socio-cultural impact of film celebrities on teenagers: an empirical
study." International Journal of Business Management and Indian Culture 11.3 (2011):
Derbyshire, D. (2009) Retrieved from
Mares, M., & Woodard, E. (2005) Positive effects of television on children’s social interactions:
A Meta-Analysis. Media Psychology 7, 301-322.
Hazen, M., & Jain, P. (2007) Television viewing and its relationship to changing values in Indian
youths.” Conference Papers International Communication Association; Annual Meeting,
p1-1, 1p. Retrieved from

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