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Final report
Business Communciation
22 January 2022
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Title of the Report: How can social media impact teenagers?
Keywords: Social media, health, teenagers
Business Communication
22nd Januray 2022
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Abstract
Social Media is a platform which allows people from around the globe to discuss whatever they
would like to. However, before we consider what impact social media can cause, we must first
have a thorough knowledge of what it is. It's a term that refers to people communicating and
sharing any stuff they desire from anywhere in the world. As social media has become a big
source of entertainment, children are quickly picking up on it because they have access to the
gadgets needed to create accounts on such platforms as soon as they learn how to use them.
Social media has both harmful and beneficial effects. Although it does have the potential to be a
powerful instrument for learning, it can also result in catastrophic actions such as committing
suicide.
Introduction
Despite massive technical advancements, with the dynamic environment we all live in where
people are required to evaluate each and every aspect of change, the consequences you will
encounter depends highly on how something is used. It goes same for social media; living in the
21
st
century we have access to numerous things. Before messages would take hours to get
delivered such as sending letters to the receivers and now it is a matter of seconds without any
sort of delay. Majority of people would associate social media with the applications they have
installed in their mobile phones which is not completely wrong but can’t be categorized as the
exact definition of it, it surely is a device that can be used to gain access but it would be wrong to
completely ignore the fact how it began from computers. Social media movement started in the
early 2000s and since then, it has only led to development. It is used by 3.2 billion people which
records to 42% of the worlds’ population, by far Facebook has been the most popular application
to be used, obtaining market leader position. The users of Facebook accounts for 68% of those
3.2 billion population (Seidman, 2013, p. 402-407).
The impact of Social media is more than we realized it to be but the focus of our report will be
teenagers as it is an age where probability of getting influenced easily is considered extremely
high.
Aims and objectives
The main aim of this report is firstly to develop knowledge of what exactly social media is and
the effects it can bring on the teenagers. Lastly, we will discuss whether the positive effects
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outweighs the negatives ones or vice versa.
Positive Effects
Shahjahan and Chisty (2014) suggests that social media serves as a source of knowledge for the
teenagers who spend most of their lives in a shelters turning out to be a complete introverts.
They obtain knowledge from several sources which can help in making their lives better.
Teenagers have a probability to learn that world is much better than how they picture it to be
sometimes by developing new friendships and increasing their social circle.
Cain and Chretien (2013) found a term which was called 'interprofessional education’ which
referred to individuals coming from same or different places to gather in one place and trade
knowledge which results in an overall addition in understanding and knowledge once they learn
from what happened with all of them in the past and how they can learn from it and make their
future right by learning from their experiences.
There was a study issued in 2015 which stated although on an average, a teenager has less
friends these days if you compare it to teenagers like a decade ago, they are still prone to feeling
much less lonely. Researched stated for most part, it has something to do with the effects of
social media on the lives of teenagers. Teenagers these days have increased self-esteem which
leads them to have a strong friendship circle and lower feeling of loneliness in them. Also,
stronger social skills are developed within teenagers as it results in teenagers of having improved
communications (Clark & Loxton, 2015).
Singh et al. (2017) in their study brought together both, positive and negative effects of social
media where they took many students and found that they are using social media to not gain
useful knowledge but only to chat and for entertainment purpose. Findings showed that there is
too much usage of social media by teenagers which reduces the production in them and because
of the constant surfing, it leads to mental and physical problems like panic and anxiety.
Negative effects
Ahn (2011) came up with a theory while doing her research which was called ‘Signaling theory’.
Her theory suggested that teenagers while attempting to make themselves famous on social
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media try to increase their followers or friendlist by adding people they do not even know by
comprising their privary and trust, allowing everyone to see their private information online.
Tariq and Mehboob (2012) have found that sound media has been ruining and the future and
carrier of teenagers as it distract them from focusing on important things. They went in depth
with the data and analyzed the collected data with the help of a survey that a large number of
users make account on the websites using multiple accounts including their original ones or the
fake ones. In the end, they mentioned how in Pakistan, no laws are created specifically for social
media.
Mingle and Adams (2015) reached to a conclusion that even though there are positive effects of
social media on teenagers, it can always affect them negatively such as by diverting their
attention from studies and make them get addicted to social media sites without them even
realizing it happening because of its user friendly interface and ending up having a negative
effect on their grades later on.
People are not exactly what they try to show themsevles on these social media platforms. As we
mentioned before how teenagers have the ability to get influenced so easlily, what they see on
social media, they start believing all those things such as a certain body image which they
maintain through doing tricks of photoshop and it results in distorted body image amongst
teenagers. Bulimia and Anorexia are the consequences of all these actions of an unrealistic body
image (Willium, 2012, p. 123-141).
Chanchalor et al. (2019) did a detailed research where information regarding the effects of
gaming on different platforms were conducted and how it can effect the health of teenagers. It
was found that there were symptoms of dizziness and drowsiness in the first disorder and then it
led to insomnia, pain in the bone or back starts hurting because of their posture if they spent so
much time in the same position doing the exact same activity. Those who would play voilent
games specifically had descrease in their Eq, maintaining good relationships and decision
making.
Keeffe and Clarke (2011) states that positive effect of social media are compartaively less than
negative effects. On such platforms, every type of content can be shared and although with time,
guideless have been developed. It still gives access to many individuals to post inapprpriate
things which shoudlnt be tehre in the first place. Once all of this starts to happen, there is no
going back from all the disastarous effects which include harassment and bullying openly on
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these platforms. It has proven that after the introdiction of social media, cases of harrasment and
bullying in general have increased in a signification amount.
Conclusion
In conclusion, I would just like to add that with all the articles we read, it was obvious that
negative effects of Social Media outweighs the positive ones but that does not necessarily mean
that its 100% wrong for teenagers as the use depends totally depends on the person, how
informative and useful it can be if used correctly so the perfect option would be to create a
balance either with the timings and the usage of sites maintaing certain guidelines so exploitaion
does not take place.
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References
Singh, M., Amiri, M., & Sabbarwal, S. (2017) Social media usage: positive and negative effects
aaaaa on the life style of Indian youths. Iranian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
aaaaa Research, 5(3), 123-127.
Keefe, S., & Clarke, K. (2011) The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and
aaaaaaFamilies. Pediatrics, 127(4), 800-804. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2011-0054
Clark, M., Loxton, J., & Tobin, S. (2015). Declining loneliness over time: evidence from
aaaaaaamerican colleges and high schools. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 41(1), 78-89.
aaaaaahttps://doi.org/10.1177/0146167214557007
Seidman, G. (2013). Self-presentation and belonging on Facebook: How personality influences
aaaaaasocial media use and motivations. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(3), 402-407.
aaaaaahttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.009
Shahjahan, A., & Chisty, K. (2014). Social Media research and its effect on our society.
aaaaaaInternational journal of Information 7 communication Engineering, 8(6), 3-5.
Cain, J., & Chrietien, K. (2013). Exploring Social Media’s Potential in Interprofessional
aaaaaaEducation. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Pratice and Education, 3(2), 3-6.
aaaaaahttp://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2013v3n2a110
Ahn, J. (2011). The Effect of Socia Network Sites on Adolescent’s Social and Academic
aaaaaaDevelopment: Current Theories and Controversies. American Society for information and
aaaaaasceinece technology, 62(8), 1435-1445. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.21540
Tariq, W., & Mehboob, M. (2012). The Impact of Social Media and Social Networks on
aaaaaaEducation and Students on Pakistan. International Journal of Computer Science, 9 (4).
aaaaaa407-411. https://doi.org/10.1109/BHI.2012.6211522
Chanchalor, S., Konsue, S., & Chanchalor, O. (2012) Health Effects of Playing Online Game:
aaaaaaVocational and Technical Students on Thailand. International Conference on Biomedical
aaaaaaand Health Informatics, 120-122. https://doi.org/10.1109/BHI.2012.6211522
Willium, S. (2012). Network Security and Communication. IEEE Transaction, 31(4).123-141.
Mingle, J., & Adam, D. (2015). Social Media Network Participation and Academic Performance
aaaaaain Senior High Schools. Library Philosophy and Practice.1-51.

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Final report Business Communciation 22 January 2022 1 Title of the Report: How can social media impact teenagers? Keywords: Social media, health, teenagers Business Communication 22nd Januray 2022 2 Abstract Social Media is a platform which allows people from around the globe to discuss whatever they would like to. However, before we consider what impact social media can cause, we must first have a thorough knowledge of what it is. It's a term that refers to people communicating and sharing any stuff they desire from anywhere in the world. As social media has become a big source of entertainment, children are quickly picking up on it because they have access to the gadgets needed to create accounts on such platforms as soon as they learn how to use them. Social media has both harmful and beneficial effects. Although it does have the potential to be a powerful instrument for learning, it can also result in catastrophic actions such as committing suicide. Introduction Despite massive technical advancements, with the dynamic environment we all live in where people are required to evaluate each and every aspect of change, the consequences you will encounter depends highly on how something is used. It goes same for social media; living in the 21st century we have access to numerous things. Before messages would take hours to get delivered such as sending letters to the receivers and now it is a matter of seconds without any sort of delay. Majority of people would associate social media with the applications they have installed in their mobile phones which is not completely wrong but can’t be categorized as the exact definition of it, it surely is a device that can be used to gain access but it would be wrong to completely ignore the fact how it began from computers. Social media movement started in the early 2000s and since then, it has only led to development. It is used by 3.2 billion people which records to 42% of the worlds’ population, by far Facebook has been the most popular application to be used, obtaining market leader position. The users of Facebook accounts for 68% of those 3.2 billion population (Seidman, 2013, p. 402-407). The impact of Social media is more than we realized it to be but the focus of our report will be teenagers as it is an age where probability of getting influenced easily is considered extremely high. Aims and objectives The main aim of this report is firstly to develop knowledge of what exactly social media is and the effects it can bring on the teenagers. Lastly, we will discuss whether the positive effects 3 outweighs the negatives ones or vice versa. Positive Effects Shahjahan and Chisty (2014) suggests that social media serves as a source of knowledge for the teenagers who spend most of their lives in a shelters turning out to be a complete introverts. They obtain knowledge from several sources which can help in making their lives better. Teenagers have a probability to learn that world is much better than how they picture it to be sometimes by developing new friendships and increasing their social circle. Cain and Chretien (2013) found a term which was called 'interprofessional education’ which referred to individuals coming from same or different places to gather in one place and trade knowledge which results in an overall addition in understanding and knowledge once they learn from what happened with all of them in the past and how they can learn from it and make their future right by learning from their experiences. There was a study issued in 2015 which stated although on an average, a teenager has less friends these days if you compare it to teenagers like a decade ago, they are still prone to feeling much less lonely. Researched stated for most part, it has something to do with the effects of social media on the lives of teenagers. Teenagers these days have increased self-esteem which leads them to have a strong friendship circle and lower feeling of loneliness in them. Also, stronger social skills are developed within teenagers as it results in teenagers of having improved communications (Clark & Loxton, 2015). Singh et al. (2017) in their study brought together both, positive and negative effects of social media where they took many students and found that they are using social media to not gain useful knowledge but only to chat and for entertainment purpose. Findings showed that there is too much usage of social media by teenagers which reduces the production in them and because of the constant surfing, it leads to mental and physical problems like panic and anxiety. Negative effects Ahn (2011) came up with a theory while doing her research which was called ‘Signaling theory’. Her theory suggested that teenagers while attempting to make themselves famous on social 4 media try to increase their followers or friendlist by adding people they do not even know by comprising their privary and trust, allowing everyone to see their private information online. Tariq and Mehboob (2012) have found that sound media has been ruining and the future and carrier of teenagers as it distract them from focusing on important things. They went in depth with the data and analyzed the collected data with the help of a survey that a large number of users make account on the websites using multiple accounts including their original ones or the fake ones. In the end, they mentioned how in Pakistan, no laws are created specifically for social media. Mingle and Adams (2015) reached to a conclusion that even though there are positive effects of social media on teenagers, it can always affect them negatively such as by diverting their attention from studies and make them get addicted to social media sites without them even realizing it happening because of its user friendly interface and ending up having a negative effect on their grades later on. People are not exactly what they try to show themsevles on these social media platforms. As we mentioned before how teenagers have the ability to get influenced so easlily, what they see on social media, they start believing all those things such as a certain body image which they maintain through doing tricks of photoshop and it results in distorted body image amongst teenagers. Bulimia and Anorexia are the consequences of all these actions of an unrealistic body image (Willium, 2012, p. 123-141). Chanchalor et al. (2019) did a detailed research where information regarding the effects of gaming on different platforms were conducted and how it can effect the health of teenagers. It was found that there were symptoms of dizziness and drowsiness in the first disorder and then it led to insomnia, pain in the bone or back starts hurting because of their posture if they spent so much time in the same position doing the exact same activity. Those who would play voilent games specifically had descrease in their Eq, maintaining good relationships and decision making. Keeffe and Clarke (2011) states that positive effect of social media are compartaively less than negative effects. On such platforms, every type of content can be shared and although with time, guideless have been developed. It still gives access to many individuals to post inapprpriate things which shoudlnt be tehre in the first place. Once all of this starts to happen, there is no going back from all the disastarous effects which include harassment and bullying openly on 5 these platforms. It has proven that after the introdiction of social media, cases of harrasment and bullying in general have increased in a signification amount. Conclusion In conclusion, I would just like to add that with all the articles we read, it was obvious that negative effects of Social Media outweighs the positive ones but that does not necessarily mean that its 100% wrong for teenagers as the use depends totally depends on the person, how informative and useful it can be if used correctly so the perfect option would be to create a balance either with the timings and the usage of sites maintaing certain guidelines so exploitaion does not take place. 6 References Singh, M., Amiri, M., & Sabbarwal, S. (2017) Social media usage: positive and negative effects aaaaa on the life style of Indian youths. Iranian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities aaaaa Research, 5(3), 123-127. Keefe, S., & Clarke, K. (2011) The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and aaaaaaFamilies. Pediatrics, 127(4), 800-804. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2011-0054 Clark, M., Loxton, J., & Tobin, S. (2015). Declining loneliness over time: evidence from aaaaaaamerican colleges and high schools. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 41(1), 78-89. aaaaaahttps://doi.org/10.1177/0146167214557007 Seidman, G. (2013). Self-presentation and belonging on Facebook: How personality influences aaaaaasocial media use and motivations. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(3), 402-407. aaaaaahttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.009 Shahjahan, A., & Chisty, K. (2014). Social Media research and its effect on our society. aaaaaaInternational journal of Information 7 communication Engineering, 8(6), 3-5. Cain, J., & Chrietien, K. (2013). Exploring Social Media’s Potential in Interprofessional aaaaaaEducation. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Pratice and Education, 3(2), 3-6. aaaaaahttp://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2013v3n2a110 Ahn, J. (2011). The Effect of Socia Network Sites on Adolescent’s Social and Academic aaaaaaDevelopment: Current Theories and Controversies. American Society for information and aaaaaasceinece technology, 62(8), 1435-1445. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.21540 Tariq, W., & Mehboob, M. (2012). The Impact of Social Media and Social Networks on aaaaaaEducation and Students on Pakistan. International Journal of Computer Science, 9 (4). aaaaaa407-411. https://doi.org/10.1109/BHI.2012.6211522 Chanchalor, S., Konsue, S., & Chanchalor, O. (2012) Health Effects of Playing Online Game: aaaaaaVocational and Technical Students on Thailand. International Conference on Biomedical aaaaaaand Health Informatics, 120-122. https://doi.org/10.1109/BHI.2012.6211522 Willium, S. (2012). Network Security and Communication. IEEE Transaction, 31(4).123-141. Mingle, J., & Adam, D. (2015). 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