Social media is interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation or sharing of information, ideas, and careers, etc. Social media usage has drastically increased over the years, so has social media effects.

Social media can motivate students to strive for greatness by following inspirational pages that would help them instill positive values and great life lessons. Furthermore, it provides a way to connect and create a community in the absence of in-person contact. Also, social media is allowing teens to develop a voice of advocacy. Be it as it may, the negative effects of social media outweigh the positive. You would be shocked by how many people miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a moment, by wanting to get the perfect picture to post. Relationships are getting more and more demolished due to the standards that social media puts families, friends, and sexual partners; people do not talk to each other anymore they rather text.

Are we so invested in a virtual world that we forget that everyone is unique and has special features about them, we are not meant to be the same nor perfect?

There are so many people that have low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, and social media anxiety due to social media, wanting to look like everyone else while killing themselves doing that. There is this social psychology theory that says, “someone will work twice as hard when they have competition” (Norman Triplett), why you ask yourself would a person want to compete with someone they only know from social media?

Are we not supposed to let everyone have their own definition of what beauty is? Also, without having to worry about having a great body, perfect pictures, likes, and followers. We all aware of social media risks but remember social was created for you to share information and ideas not to belittle yourself with it, a number of likes and followers do not define beauty nor having a good and healthy life. “WHEREVER YOU ARE BE ALL THERE” Jim Elliot

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