By Andres Canseco (Sophomore)
Social media, despite all the negative connotation it draws, may in fact have beneficial effects to the minds of the average teen, specifically on improving their social skills.
Many teens feel that social networking has made them more outgoing versus fewer who said it made them feel more introverted.
At Senn High School, most students understand the consequences social media holds, but not all are only focusing on the negatives; others are benefiting from their social media use.
Sophomore Adrian Escobedo said, “I use things like Facebook all the time, and I don’t log off it with a sad face or anything like that, instead, all that it does is make me anxious to come to school the next day to talk to the people that I saw while I was online.”
And others have improved in more concrete ways. Adnan Hadzalic (sophomore) said, “It has introduced me to new people, with things like Facebook’s mutual friends feature. It’s made my social circle bigger and my confidence larger.”
In the 2014 CNN article by Kelly Wallace, “The upside of selfies: Social media isn’t all bad for kids,” Shira Lee Katz said, “On the whole, teens said that they feel that social media has a more positive effect on their social and emotional lives. They believe that social media helps their friendships, makes them feel more outgoing and gives them more confidence.”
So why is it that teens and technology have such a bad rep?
Things like cyber bullying, obesity and physical fitness issues, the deteriorating effect that social media has on a teen’s knowledge and ability to learn; these things and several more contribute to the bad name that is brought to social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc etc.
According to Erica Loop’s article, “Exposing The Negative Effects of Technology on Kids,” she states that social media can help [teenagers] connect with friends, develop interpersonal skills, and come out of their shy shell, but the obsessive use of social media brings a lot more cons than pros.
Overall, despite the bad that comes from social media, there is still enough benefits that derive from it to give the rest of society hope that the coming generation will transform into responsible adults.