Social media’s negative effects outweigh the benefits as teenagers are vulnerable and not fully mentally developed and they are easy targets for criminal minds.
Social media offers several benefits to teenagers and the people they want to stay connected with. According to a research conducted by Common Sense Media’s Program, teenagers believe that they are having more benefits from social media than the perceived disadvantages. Social media has aided in development of communication and interpersonal skills. Research also suggests that children use the internet in their own room, contacting with friends and thus, making inter-personal skill much stronger. Moreover, the social networking websites are providing the platform to connect the friends and act as a communication tool rather than an isolation device. This medium increases the number of connection and friends that a teenager has and it keeps them busy which assists in avoiding bad habits such alcohol and drug abuse. With the aid of social media, teenagers try to test different way of talking to different people and this helps them in developing their social and technical skills that are required in the real world. Social media even helps in consolidating existing relationships, teenagers tend to exchange email ids and Facebook ids with people they meet in the offline world and then they interact with them through the online world which helps teenagers in remaining in contact with their friends at all times and this helps in consolidating relationships. Social media has helped in decreasing the distance between individuals. Teenagers tend to be in a problematic situation with their parents if their parents do not live with them. They feel lonely and helpless when they are not able to share their issues with their family members. Social media has bridged the distance between teens and parents who live in two different