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How Has The Widespread Normalization Of Social Media Impacted Your Life / Your Children's Lives? (22/30) (1 Viewer)


Direct Headline: 7 Interesting Yet Negative Effects of Social Media Addiction on Children

by Alfred Amuno June 14, 2022

To understand the absurd effects of social media addiction in the 21st century.....Z children born in the 1990s through to the 2000s, and generation Alpha kids born in the 21st century, are cast in the middle of the sad mashup.... the number of internet users worldwide surpassed the 5 billion mark early in 2022. Remember that the global population is just shy of 8 billion.....Out of this figure, 4.6 billion users have installed one social media platform or another..... Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter... YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Facebook Video....found that overall screen use among teens and tweens increased by 17% from 2019 to 2021 — growing more rapidly than in the four years prior.....Daily screen use on average increased among tweens (ages 8 to 12) to five hours and 33 minutes .....and to eight hours and 39 minutes .... for teens (ages 13 to 18)... Extreme indulgence in technology devices is unhealthy and needs solutions to mitigate the impact they leave on children. But first, here are the ills associated with tech overuse....

1. The image disorder - Statistics show that users who post cute and sexy selfies on Instagram, Snapchat, or WhatsApp attract more shares and likes compared to those using ordinary images....Those who receive less feedback rate themselves negatively, and wrongly imagine they are inadequate. It gets worse when online bullies brand their images ugly....This is a precursor to low self-esteem and can trigger a series of negative social behavior....The victims will spice up things by applying excessive make-up and/or using image filtering tools to tweak their photos to create falsified facial and body appearance. Others charge up their profiles by supplanting images in cozy and foreign backgrounds to falsify their location....They use enhanced photographic impressions to appear exotic and rich, and for those blessed with dark skins, edit them to look lighter....

2. Social displacement – distorted communication....Our interaction with family, friends, and the ‘unknown’ on social media means we spend lots of online time liking, sharing, and chatting than we do, liking, sharing, and chatting in real life....Social displacement theory basically states that the more time you spend in the world of social media, the less time you’re likely to spend socializing with people in the real world.... This is a big blow to the critical social skills that are attainable through face-to-face interactions....

3. Exposure to adult content - Gone are the days when parents exercised control over what children watched on TV and sleazy Playboy magazines....The arrival of the internet and social media has ensured that explicit content is available for all to see. The internet is awash with free adult and other content, and social media is the platform through which they are shared....The youth feel comfortable weaving their way through this data alongside their peers. They are more than willing to walk the interesting, yet risky path than their cautious parents, resulting in a sense of digital and cultural disconnect between the older and younger generations....

4. Exposure to violent content - .... from violent media in movies, games, to live-streamed broadcasts....Children and teens who watch these become conflicted about what is right or wrong, and are tempted to embrace violence and inappropriate behavior, right up to adulthood....

5. Exposure to digital malpractices - .....children attending school in the 21st century have to contend with online bullying...Bullies choose to harass select victims via electronic messages, pictures, videos, audio, email, and posts.....The perpetrators usually send the offending media directly to the victim or via public platforms. The communication is intended to embarrass or even threaten the victims....Sexting is another common malpractice where offenders send sexually explicit images, audio-visual content, and texts to suspecting and unsuspecting victims.

6. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) - ....is akin to digital peer pressure, where a user feels incomplete when offline and is driven by an impulsion to always stay online....it feels relevant to communicate with friends 24/7, just to be normal. This makes users share more content than is necessary. Uncontrolled posting of images and videos may lead to unwanted embarrassing exposure, especially when users accidentally share private content in the heat of the moment....

7. The effects of social media addiction on health - Excessive use of smartphones can lead to various health problems both directly and indirectly. For example, sitting becomes an issue if done for extended hours, in what is known as tech neck....The habit also interferes with other aspects of life such as eating. Users opt for quick fixes for food and become victims of obesity or other body malfunctions....Addicted users are also victims of sleepless nights which leaves them with sleep debt, and deprives them of sharpness at school, and at work....Other health complications: stress/depression...battered attention span....

.... A tween's underdeveloped frontal cortex can’t manage the distraction nor the temptations that come with social media use....The average teen spends nine hours a day connected to social media. Spending more non-tech time together can help slow down kids' social media usage.....Social media is an entertainment technology. It does not make your child....more prepared for real life.... nor is it necessary for healthy social development. It is pure entertainment attached to a marketing platform extracting bits and pieces of personal information and preferences from your child every time they use it, not to mention hours of their time and attention....Social media is an addictive form of screen entertainment. And, like video game addiction, early use can set up future addiction patterns and habits....Social media replaces learning the hard social "work" of dealing face-to-face with peers, a skill that they will need to practice to be successful in real life.....Social media can cause teens to lose connection with family and instead view “friends” as their foundation. Since the cognitive brain is still being formed, the need for your teen to be attached to your family is just as important now as when they were younger....

....Here are a few tips that work well for many parents....

Delay access. The longer parents delay access, the more time a child will have to mature so that he or she can use technology more wisely as a young adult. Delaying access also places a greater importance on developing personal authentic relationships first.

Follow their accounts. Social media privacy is a lie: Nothing is private in the digital world, and so it should not be private to parents. Make sure privacy settings are in place but know that those settings can give you a false sense of security. Encourage your teen to have private conversations in person or via a verbal phone call instead if they don’t want you to read it on social media.

Create family accounts. Create family accounts instead of individual teen accounts. This allows kids to keep up with friends in a safer social media environment.

Allow social media only on large screens. Allow your teens to only use their social media accounts on home computers or laptops in plain view, this way they will use it less. When it is used on a small private phone screen they can put in their pocket there are more potential problems with reckless use. The more secret the access, the more potential for bad choices.

Keep a sharp eye on the clock; they will not. Do you know how much time your child spends on social media a day? Be aware of this, and reduce the amount of time your child is on social media across all platforms. The average teen spends nine hours a day connected to social media. Instead, set one time each day for three days a week for your child to check their social media. Do they benefit from more time than that?

Plan face-to-face time with their friends. Remember that they don’t need 842 friends; four-to-six close friends are enough for healthy social development. Help them learn how to plan real, in-person, social get-togethers such as a leave-phones-at-the-door party, a home movie night, bowling, board games, cooking pizza, or hosting a bonfire. They crave these social gatherings so encourage them to invite friends over and help them (as needed) to organize the event.

Spend more real non-tech time together. Teens who are strongly attached to their parents and family show more overall happiness and success in life. They still need us now more than ever. It is easy to detach from them: Teens can be annoying! But attaching to family allows them to detach from the social media drama. Your child needs to feel like they can come home and leave the drama of their social world behind for a few hours. They want you to help them say no to social media and yes to more time with the family. They are craving those moments to disconnect, so make plans and encourage this at home.....


VIDEO: The BIGGEST Problem With People That Use Social Media | Jordan Peterson Nov 1, 2022

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”


Direct Headline: Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

Sabrina Barr January 19 2022

....The rise of social media has meant that people are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. But our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Briton checking their phone as much as 28 times a day....The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep.

Here are six ways that social media could be negatively affecting your mental health without you even realising.

Self-esteem - However, comparing yourself to others on social media by stalking their aesthetically perfect Instagram photos or staying up to date with their relationship status on Facebook could do little to assuage your feelings of self-doubt.....“When we derive a sense of worth based on how we are doing relative to others, we place our happiness in a variable that is completely beyond our control....”

Human connection - As human beings, it’s so important for us to be able to communicate and forge personal connections with one another....However, it can be hard to do so when we’re glued to rectangular screens, becoming more acquainted with our friends’ digital facades than their real-life personas.

Memory - Social media can be great for looking back fondly on memories and recounting how past events occurred. However, it can also distort the way in which you remember certain tidbits from your life....Many of us are guilty of spending far too much time trying to take the perfect photo of a visual marvel, all the while not actually absorbing the firsthand experience....“If we direct all of our attention toward capturing the best shots for our social media followers to admire, less will be available to enjoy other aspects of the experience in real time....”

Sleep - However, many of us use our phones too soon before choosing the hit the hay, making it harder to doze off....“Getting worked up with anxiety or envy from what we see on social media keeps the brain on high alert, preventing us from falling asleep...Plus, the light from our mobile device just inches from our face can suppress the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps us feel tired....”

Attention span - It’s not just your subconscious brain that you need to worry about, but also the extent to which your brain is able to fully concentrate when you’re awake....While it’s incredible to consider the amount of information readily available at our fingertips thanks to social media, it also means that people have become far more easily distracted....

Mental health - Not only has social media been proven to cause unhappiness, but it can also lead to the development of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression when used too much or without caution....In March 2018, it was reported that more than a third of Generation Z from a survey of 1,000 individuals stated that they were quitting social media for good as 41 per cent stated that social media platforms make them feel anxious, sad or depressed.


Direct Headline: Social Media Influencers Struggle With Anxiety Amid Pressure to Create Perfectly Curated Feed


.....In August, Summer McKeen quietly logged off social media. The 20-year-old lifestyle vlogger had been growing in popularity thanks in part to her starring role in the unscripted Snapchat series Endless Summer, a Laguna Beach for the Gen Z set, and she’d gained more than 1 million followers on Instagram in the past year. But with fame had come increased scrutiny and a growing chorus of criticism, and McKeen needed a break....It wasn’t a long hiatus — she began posting regularly just a couple of weeks later — but for an influencer whose career lives and dies by her activity on platforms like YouTube and Instagram, it still was a weighty decision. Without new posts, her metrics, statistics including likes, comments and followers, would surely fall. Still, McKeen decided she needed to prioritize personal well-being....“People started viewing YouTubers as characters in their favorite show rather than real people....”

..... In the past two years, online personalities including Lilly Singh, PewDiePie and Elle Mills announced plans to take hiatuses from social media, many of them citing their struggles with burnout as a result of their vlogging schedules. “I came home one day and I remember lying on my kitchen floor and just crying.....“I turned into such a machine. I was feeling that I was completely losing what it means to be human.” Meanwhile, Instagrammers including model Olivia Culpo have been more vocal about how their perfectly curated feeds mask their internal struggles....Many of the stressors that influencers deal with are not unique to them. Actors and musicians also face scrutiny over their images and can be targets of online harassment. But because digital-first talent is exposing his or her real life on a daily basis, the pressure is often greater.... “There is way less room for mistakes when your entire brand is rooted on yourself.....Everybody makes mistakes, but they’re making their mistakes so publicly.....”


"Everyone is living for everyone else now. They're doing stuff so they can tell other people about it. I don't get all that social media stuff, I've always got other things I want to do - odd jobs around the house. No one wants to hear about that." - Karl Pilkington

“Content is fire. Social media is gasoline.” - Jay Baer

“It’s a highly deceptive world, one that constantly asks you to comment but doesn’t really care what you have to say.” - David Levithan

“The thought process that went into building these applications ... was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'... And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone like or commented on a photo or a post .....And that's going to get you... more likes and comments... It's a social-validation feedback loop... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology....God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains..... What could go wrong?'”

- Sean Parker, 2017

Here is another topic that is designed to increase discussion and participation in the FFA.

I see this as an interesting topic because this issue impacts everyone on the planet, especially your children, and creates both good and bad all around them. The ability to reach out and share your thoughts and dialogue with anyone around the globe, in an instant, is an amazing potential tool for learning and possibly helping to find the best version of yourself. But the other side of that coin is the increasing raw danger lurking near the surface as people clamor for external validation and social media becomes a conduit to further realize their own toxic pathology. I believe this topic is broad enough where high level discussion can be had without delving into real world public policy issues, public administration conflict and generally anything politically related.

In a very general sense, how has social media usage impacted your life? For the better? For the worse? Why? What has happened? Is there a specific cautionary tale you want to share?

How much time do you spend on social media platforms per day? Per week? Per month? Same question for your children and/or spouse if you know. If applicable, is anyone in your life "addicted" to social media? What happened?

Can you name some instances / examples where you see widespread social media usage as a positive thing for society at large? And again, as a possible negative thing for society at large?

How has social media usage impacted your children? Do you seen moderate to major changes in them because of it's usage? Good changes? Bad changes? What happened? Did any one or two situations stand out that you'd like to share about that might help other parents here as a cautionary tale? Have you set limits on what your minor children, if applicable, can do or use within the social media sphere? What are those limits? Have those limits worked? Or not worked? Why?

How has, if applicable, social media usage impacted your career, your ability to earn a living, your workplace, dealing with your co-workers, dealing with your bosses, being part of your actual functioning job routine, etc, etc?

How has social media impacted other adults in your general social network ( friends, adult relatives, parents, co-workers, neighbors, old college classmates, gym buddies, etc, etc ) ? What have you learned from observing other people's good and/or bad choices involving social media usage? Any interesting specific stories there?

Do you think you could earn a living as as full time social media influencer / pundit? What non-political topics or themes would you aim towards if you were forced into it? ( This is a though experiment question) Do you know anyone who is a full time or mostly full time social media influencer and makes a living from it? Have you learned anything about the good and bad/struggles of that lifestyle? Anything specific to share?

I'll leave this here for others to discuss. (22/30)
If you want to know what's going on with young people then talk to some young people, over time. See what their lives are like, what they are like, and media always eventually comes up in conversation. That's if you really want to know the impact on their lives. I'm lucky to have spent about 10 hours this week with teenage grandkids who like hanging out with us and talking with us. Probably will next week as well.

Headlines, links, and stats pale in comparison to real people in your real life, which is where you go to really learn and know things.
Direct Headline: Documents reveal Facebook targeted children as young as 6 for consumer base

By Ezra Kaplan and Jo Ling Kent Oct. 29, 2021

Internal documents show that Facebook has been actively hiring employees to build products that target children as young as 6 to expand its user base....that the company planned to hire several positions as it expanded into offering its full range of products to children younger than its current threshold of 13 years old. Diagrams illustrate proposed new target age groups, ranging from kids 6 to 9 years old and tweens 10 to 12 years old -- along with existing targets of early teens from 13 to 15 years old.....

....“Facebook and Instagram have repeatedly shown that they simply can’t be trusted when it comes to the well-being of children and teens.....They need to focus on cleaning up their existing platforms instead of trying to hook more children to their addictive platforms at younger and younger ages.....”Facebook responded ...... “Companies that operate in a highly competitive space — including the Wall Street Journal — make efforts to appeal to younger generations. Considering that our competitors are doing the same thing, it would actually be newsworthy if Facebook didn’t do this work.....”

..... The adjacent diagram is titled “And in the future” and the “stop” line that represents current restrictions is removed and replaced by tiers of users including “Tweens 10-12” and “Kids 6-9.”.....told NBC News. “Despite Facebook’s claims that their motivation for Instagram for Kids is to create a safer experience for preteens, it’s clear the real reason is Facebook is fixated on kids to drive growth. Facebook products aren’t safe for younger children, and a company that consistently puts profits ahead of young people’s well-being has no business building platforms for kids.....”



I'm at the age where I would nominally be in the profile of a grandfather.

Many of you are getting to that point, where your adult children are either having children right now, or might soon.

Do you want your 6 year old granddaughter or grandson to have a Facebook account because it's the last desperate toxic frontier to be monetized?

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