Blog #1

Both the Common Sense and Pew Research articles were very interesting to learn from. The Common Sense video/article presented with how teenagers and young adults are residents of social media. They are Digital Natives and have social media become a norm in their daily lives. Many of the participants say that they interact and communicate with others through different social media platforms and have less face-to-face interactions. The video continues to talk about how access to technology like cell phones has become a distraction. Those distractions are a combination of interruptions like being social with other people, homework, etc. The Pew Research article was actually surprising to read. It discussed how the older generation or population actually use social media, despite the negativity that social media platforms receive from this specific population. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook are very popular with this population.

The past 10 years, social media has boomed in both positive and negative ways. It has become a way of marketing for many businesses, has created new types of occupations, and has become a different norm of receiving and having access to resources and information. But it also has become an obstacle for natural social development. Youth and young adults have been natives to this technology culture and it has slowed down developments. Social media has decreased the amount of time people have spent together because of how easy it is to connect. Yes, it is effect and efficient to have access, but it is significant to have face interaction.

The Common Sense article mentions a girl named Aiija Marock and how she was receiving negative comments and even death threats. Another negative effect of social media mentioned in the article is cyberbullying. It is very easy to sit back and type away or record a video of your opinions to others behind a screen. But her story became a positive one, as she wrote a book and spoke with hundreds of students at different schools to talk about being a victim to bullying.

Even though social media has opened doors to new positive opportunities and outreaches that allow people to communicate, it has also opened doors to negative comments and other versions of bad habits.

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Manaal Dahir

Manaal Dahir

Third year student at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities