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Running Head: ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA 1
Rough Draft: Adverse Effects of Social Media
Jami Britton
Professor: Dr. Lindsey Thomas
English Composition II
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ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA 2
The rise in popularity of social media, especially among teens, has led to both positive
and negative consequences; however, the negative consequences that social media has on the
mental health and wellbeing of teenagers far outweigh any positive effects. Almost 95% of all
teenagers in the United States own a smartphone, and 45% of those stated that they are
constantly on social media (Anderson & Jiang, 2018). This large number of teenagers using
social media demands an in-depth look into the influence that social media has on teens.
Research has found that social media and "internet use has been associated with decreased
wellbeing, and excessive use has been tied to depression, anxiety, aggression, and social
isolation" (McHugh et al., 2018). Additionally, social media can become very addictive when
excessively used, especially when they don't have any social ties in their real lives. Research has
attributed the negative effects of social media on the health and wellbeing of teens to the viewing
behavior and interactions that teens have online, which can lead to teens being exposed to things
that may be detrimental to their growth. This paper discusses some of the negative consequences
social media exposes to teens, including cyberbullying and unrealistic body standards, and
increases depression and suicide rates among teens.
Social media has made the problem of bullying, especially among teens, more prevalent
and extreme. Bullying has always been a major problem, especially for teens, for many years;
however, social media has worsened the problem tenfold because it provides anonymity to say
mean things and spread rumors without fear of consequences. The problem has become so severe
that according to a Pew Research study, "more than 59% of US teens have personally
experienced at least one of six types of abusive behaviors online" (Anderson, 2018). Most
teenagers have access to smartphones today, which increases the number of teens who become
victims of cyberbullying as it has changed when, where, and bullying occurs. Teenagers are not

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Running Head: ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA Rough Draft: Adverse Effects of Social Media Jami Britton Professor: Dr. Lindsey Thomas English Composition II Date 1 ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA 2 The rise in popularity of social media, especially among teens, has led to both positive and negative consequences; however, the negative consequences that social media has on the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers far outweigh any positive effects. Almost 95% of all teenagers in the United States own a smartphone, and 45% of those stated that they are constantly on social media (Anderson & Jiang, 2018). This large number of teenagers using social media demands an in-depth look into the influence that social media has on teens. Research has found that social media and "internet use has been associated with decreased wellbeing, and excessive use has been tied to depression, anxiety, aggression, and social isolation" (McHugh et al., 2018). Additionally, social media can become very addictive when excessively used, especially when they don't have any social ties in their real lives. Research has attributed the negative effects of social media on the health and wellbeing of teens to the viewing behavior and interactions that teens have online, which can lead to teens being exposed to things that may be detrimental to their growth. This paper discusses some of the negative consequences social media exposes to teens, including cyberbullying and unrealistic body standards, and ...
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