DeOnna M.

The world would be so much better off without the social network. There are many reasons as to why; however these are the main reasons I will focus on. The social network not only promotes cyber bullying; it reduces productivity, and makes people become social illiterate.

First, cyber bullying is teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. This has become a major problem. It has come to affect many adolescents on a daily basis. Cyber bullying involves using technology, like cell phones and the Internet, to bully or harass another person. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. According to the i-SAFE foundation, over 25% of adolescents have been bullied by using their cell phones or the Internet, and over half of them don’t tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Secondly, the internet is full of distractions. I know from experience when it’s time to do homework, I would easily become tempted to look at what’s happening on twitter, or Instagram, etc. Because of my lack of focus, my grades have declined, and I’ve become so accustomed to looking at my phone when I get bored that it becomes hard to pay attention in class. 

Finally, the social media has made our generation very much social illiterate. Social Literacy is a person’s ability to interact, maintain and build relationships with other people in real-life social situations. Because texting is so easy, people are beginning to develop lack of communication skills and impatience. Because twitter only allows a message to be 140 characters, we have adjusted to the skill of summarizing what we have to say, making our conversations shorter. 

Ever since 1969, our world was changed for the worse. Without social media we wouldn’t have the problem of cyber bullying, which lowers people self-esteem, and brings about depression and suicide. Not only that, if we didn’t have social media we would be more active and be able to think on our own. We could have real conversations with people and actually be able to focus.