Currently, technology has advanced a lot and, thanks to it, one of the
benefits we enjoy is social media, which facilitates communication. In fact,
thanks to these means I can talk to my family who lives thousands of miles
“There is a certain beauty of staying connected with loved ones and
friends, favorite sports teams and performers via social media” (Morrow 2014).
However, this also has its downside, for example, we all are very aware
of our phones either by WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc… To the
point that we can create an addiction.
“There are some specific social problems with social media. Internet
addiction has achieved multiple three-letter acronym (TLA) status by giving
rise to the alternative names of Internet addiction disorder, problematic
Internet use or compulsive Internet use (CIU)” (Isaacs 2014).
Social Media has become an essential tool for human development. We have
a connection or we are “online”, practically at all times of the day.
One of the ways in which this advancement in technology has influenced
is the way in which people know each other. It is not uncommon to listen to
several young people who, when asked, how they met a person, respond that it
was thanks to the use of a social media. Meaning that thanks to the internet,
social media has broken many barriers and allowed people from different parts
of the world to interact.
Using Facebook daily can be a double-edged sword. This social network,
like Twitter, is a massive and powerful communication tool. And obviously, the
quality of the communications, meaning that, what is transmitted, depends
entirely on the people.
A social network can serve, in a few words, to perform good and honorable
actions, or to perform bad actions that end up causing harm. What usually
happens is that many young people, unconsciously most of the time, make an
abusive use or misuse of these digital tools.
A case would be in regards to privacy. The Internet is an open, public
world, and where you can never know with certainty how secure our data is
With the passage of time, social networks began to be used not only in a
correct way but also has been lent to cause harm to other people. There is
information that criminal groups study and spy on social networks, for example,
to kidnap a person.
With regard to young people, it has become common to use these spaces as
a tool of harassment. It is what is now called cyberbullying.
In the United States and other countries, there have been numerous cases
of victims who suffered an endless number of negative acts towards them through
digital media, causing terrible psychological damage to these people, even
leading them to suicide.
“Cyberbullying is common; according to a survey cited in the report, 19%
of teens say they have been harassed online or cyberbullied, and 38% know of
someone else who has been. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and suicide”
(Common Sense Media, 2009).
In addition to that it is a way of not respecting our own privacy since
by publishing our sorrows, joys, weaknesses, it makes us know or relate to who
we should not. An example of this is the young people who, thinking that they
know children of their age, give openness and confidence to undesirable people
such as perverts, rapists and in many cases human trafficking, who convince
innocent children through a false profile. And somewhat ignorant to come into
direct contact and manipulate them. Sometimes you don’t hear anything from them
We have to remind people that it ceases to be your private life when you
post on a social network; it ends up being everyones. This issue is very
serious and increasingly affects more people because there are people who come
to critical points as being completely isolated from the rest and living their
lives through social media, even their self-esteem comes to depend on the
number of “likes ” they get.
The moments or unique experiences stop happening to us when we depend on
social media, true and pleasant memories are not impregnated in a photo or in
the number of “likes” you have.