Social Media Effect on Young People
century is characterized by outstanding developments in technology that explain
not only the numerous social media platforms but also their ease of access among the youth. Just
like any other innovation, platforms such as Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Nation-Focus,
Myspace, LinkedIn YouTube, among others, have both constructive and adverse effects on
young people. This essay discusses how the social media promotes personal awareness, enhances
social networking and offers exciting interaction opportunities for our youth alongside the
associated forebodings such as misinformation and privacy concerns.
Research has shown that about 28% of Americans obtain information online, which is
almost twice the percentage of those who access information through the radio (Boulianne, 532).
The enhanced access to information has promoted awareness among the youth since they can
access news, early warning s and other relevant material in real time. Besides, Vaterlaus et al.,
(157) note that individuals in formative years can attain self-awareness and thus get empowered
to face the challenges affecting adolescents and young adults.
Social networking is indispensable in contemporary research and business. According to
Vaterlaus et al., (154) students can access learning materials via social media while keeping in
touch with tutors and potential employers easier today than ever before. Consequently, the social
media has enhanced academic and professional development.