‘The influence of social media on adolescentsand teenagers is of particular importance, not only because this particulargroup of children is developmentally vulnerable but also because they are amongthe heaviest users of social networking.
‘ (Huffington Post, 2017) Social media is an outletthat provides us with a platform to express ourselves and our thoughts allowingus to interact with people from all walks of life. We live in aworld where technology is fast pacing and access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,and other social platforms is all around us. With the many teenagers using theinternet and the majority using social, it is important to understand thepossibilities that arise when using these websites.
‘The growing popularity of social medianetworks and applications has had many positive and negative implications forsociety.’ (Shellabarger, 2016) As many waysas people believe that social media is bad, there are many benefits that comefrom social media and it can provide a lot of good, should you choose to use itfor the right things. According to Forbes, social media can be beneficial forbrands as having a social media presence increases brand recognition. In that,you have ‘everyopportunity you have to syndicateyour content and increase yourvisibility is valuable. your social media networks are just new channels foryour brand’s voice and content.
‘ (Forbes, 2014) Social media keeps you up to date with eventthat are going on around the world rather than just in your area. For most people in the 16 – 25 age bracket, they use social mediafor news updates and to know about the latest happenings around the world. ‘Socialnetworking websites are quickly becoming the most used form of communicationand means to distribute information and news. They offer a way for people withsimilar backgrounds, lifestyles, professions or hobbies to connect.
‘ (Francois, 2013) As television and printmedia are not the most reliable sources and can sometimes be very biased,sometimes conveying information in a way to help fulfil and push an agenda,social media allows people to get the true facts and information by doingresearch. They also use social media to find likeminded people whom they canshare their interests and keep up with the latest on social events regardingthose interests taking place. ‘Social media also create awareness and innovate the way people live. Itis the social media which has helped people discover new and innovative stuffsthat can enhance personal lives.’ (Tech Maish, 2016)