How Young is Too Young? The Effects of Social Media and Excessive Technology Use on YouthBy: Sudiksha ShrimaliImage by: Alec Couros (Flickr)
Did you know that the minimum age to createaccounts on social media websites is 13 years?Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: Chris Messina(Flickr)
Image by: Juan Iraola (Flickr)Many children younger than 13 are heavilyinvolved with social media.
A2011 Consumer Reportssurvey claimedthere were 7.5 millionunderage Facebookmembers,two-thirdsof which were10 or younger.Source: Coming of Age in the Digital AgeImage by:Tela Chhe (Flickr)“”
Adolescents nowuse technologyto create anonline presenceand advancetheir social lifeinstead of needingit as a tool forcommunicatingwith family inemergencies.Image by: Oast House Archive(Google Advanced Image Search)
Since technology is relatively new, there is not substantialdata on the effect that it has on youth……but researchers have determined that excessive use oftechnology has developmental consequences.Image by: Oberazzi
1. A lack of social skills and deterioratingrelationships with family members.Image by: LuisArmandoRasteletti (Flickr)
Image by: marc falardeau (Flickr)“”If people spend too much time on technology, andless time interacting with people like parents at the dinnertable, that could hinder the development of certaincommunications skills.– Dr. SmallSource:The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind
Image by: Mo Riza (Flickr)“My students tell me about an important newskill: it involves maintaining eye contact withsomeone while you text someone else; it’s hard, but it canbe done.– Sherry TurkleSource:The Flight from Conversation ”
Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: Alex Bowyer (Flickr)“”The end result is often a knowledge andtechnical skill gap between parents and youth,which create a disconnect in how these parents andyouth participate in the online world together.
2. “Internet addiction” results in sleep deprivation,which negatively impacts academics for theseadolescents.Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: Kelly L (Google Advanced ImageSearch)
Its just part of life now. Everyones about the same nowwhen it comes to their phones -- theyre on them a lot.– Donald Conkey, high school sophomoreSource: More Youth Use Smartphones to Log OnlineImage by: Angi English (Flickr)“ ”
This technology addiction is getting extreme.Ive had students tell me that they bring their cell phones inthe shower with them. They sleep with them.– Professor GroeningSource: More Youth Use Smartphones to Log OnlineImage by; Steven Depolo (Flickr)“ ”
The occasional day where my phone isnt charged or Ileave it behind, it feels almost as though Im naked inpublic.– Michael Weller, high school senior Many adolescents share the same view as MichaelWeller. They feel lost without their cellphones.Source: More Youth Use Smartphones to Log OnlineImage by: Collin Key (Flickr)“”
This technologyaddictioncompelsadolescents totext and go onlineduring class,diverting theirfocus fromacademics.Image by: LizMarie (Flickr)
3. More susceptible to to Internet related issues:Cyberbullying“Facebook Depression”SextingSource: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: James Phillips (Flickr)
Cyberbullying is quite common, can occur to anyyoung person online, and can cause profound psychosocialoutcomes including depression, anxiety, severeisolation, and, tragically, suicide.Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by:Tom Marsh (Flickr)“”
Sexting is a phenomenon that occurs amongthe teen population; a recent survey revealed that20% of teens have sent or posted nude orseminude photographs or videos ofthemselves.Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: masaki ikeda (Google AdvancedImage Search)
Finally, the new idea of “Facebook depression,”occurs when adolescents who use social media sitesvery often start displaying traditional depressionsymptoms.Image by: fathershelphotline (GoogleAdvanced Image Search)
These adolescentsare “at risk forsocial isolation andsometimes turn torisky Internet sitesand blogs for ‘help’that may promotesubstanceabuse, unsafesexual practices, oraggressive orself-destructivebehaviors.”Source: Pediatrics PublicationImage by: epSos.de (Flickr)
The naivety of these youth and lack of properconversation with others encourages them to not onlybelieve what they read on social media sites, but alsopost details about their life and current situations.Image by: GETTY (Google AdvancedImage Search)
Source: Coming of Age in the Digital AgeImage by: Michael Mandiberg“When we talk about kids being active online, theworry is less about what and with whom they aresharing their lives than what hidden data theirparticipation generates that can be exploited byothers.
At age 13 and younger, are individuals really able tounderstand the effects that social media andexcessive use of technology can have toward theirfutures?Image by: David Mican (Flickr)
Credits All images were found either on Flickr (with a Creative Commons License) orthe Google Advanced Image Search (with the usage rights criteria being “freeto use share or modify”).Any information without a source stated is based on my own interpretation of apoint and not any direct information from a source.
Work CitedBilton, Nick. “The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind”.The New York Times. 31Mar. 2013.Web. 12 May 2013. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/disruptions-what-does-a-tablet-do-to-the-childs-mind/ Clark-Pearson, Kathleen and Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe. “The Impact of Social Mediaon Children, Adolescents, and Families”.Web. 13 May 2013. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/800.full Irvine, Martha. “More youth use smartphones to log online: U.S. report”. CTV News. 13Mar. 2013.Web. 13 May 2013. http://www.ctvnews.ca/more-youth-use-smartphones-to-log-online-u-s-report-1.1193559#ixzz2Qnxqu5cd Makice, Kavin. “Coming of Age in the Digital Age”.Wired.com. 2 Mar. 2013.Web. 13 May2013. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/02/coming-of-age-in-the-digital-age Turkle, Sherry. The Flight From Conversation.The New York Times. 21 Apr. 2012.Web. 13 May 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-ﬂight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=all_r=0 Image by: kshelton (Pixabay – GoogleAdvanced Image Search)