Social media is an online playground – where people can have fun, but also where bold bullies exist and weaponize their text messages to hurt people.
Individuals have to be extra careful with their comments, or they may unintentionally insult people and become a hate victim. According to Jon Ronson (2015) masses of people ruined Justine Sacco’s life, trashed her reputation and caused her to get fired over a tiny mistake; a poorly-written, misunderstood satire joke on Twitter.
Its influence and its effects on individuals are of uprising concerns.
This essay will discuss three possible effects of social media’s influence on individuals; communication and information, the risk of cyberbullying, and social media addiction.
Lauren Davidson (2015) reported that an average person has five social media accounts each and spends 100 minutes surfing such networks daily.
From this data, any digital native who uses social media to this extent is bound to be affected.
It can be concluded that this is because he is obsessed with social media.
Rachel Ritlop (as cited in Careers In Psychology, n.d.) asserted that one reason social media can be obsessional is positive reinforcement; digital natives have grown used to referring to the number of likes, shares and follows they get on their social media posts and accounts to feel good about themselves and feel validated.
This can be detrimental to one’s self-esteem as basing one’s validation on other people’s opinions and thought instead of one’s own is a shaky ground; For what other people on the Internet think can also be negative and very inconsistent because it consists of many different individuals.
Social media addiction can take up too many more hours of someone’s time than necessary.