Social Media and Technology
Technology has influenced various aspects of life in various dimensions. Therefore, technological advancement has profoundly impacted different sectors of life. In this regard, technology has been perceived as a lodestone for enhancing flexibility and dramatic innovation in the surroundings (Barreda et al. 2015). Conversely, continuous use of social media and technology may have a greater impact on mental health among users. For example, spending more time navigating different social platforms result in addiction. In the long run, addiction may result in the disruption of mental functions and emotional health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, the analysis is designated to examine how advancement in social media and technology has impacted adolescents’ mental health to help in understanding the appropriate use of social media and technology to improve the problems linked to their mental well-being.
Media is a communication channel that enables people to receive or send information. For instance, individuals normally apply various means of communication such as social platforms, television, and even newspapers to attain a piece of given information. Conversely, technology involves the application of skills and knowledge, and advanced techniques to adapt material resources and control physical environments to satisfy human wants and needs. For instance, according to Gaál et al.(2015), using a computer or mobile phone allows people to focus on social networking, transforming the world into a global village.
Evolution and Role of Social Media
The current forms of media evolved from the old to the present due to high technological advancements. In ancient times (the early 1920s), most forms of media include print media. For instance, the previous media includes advertisements through posters and newspapers. Later on, these forms of media were transformed to broadcast media. In the broadcast cast case, the common media included radio and television (Barreda et al.,2015). However, through various interventions and technology, the new media in the current evolving world includes digital media. For instance, social media and the internet. Therefore, throughout history, there has been a great evolution in the way media is consumed and produced.
The changes in the form of the media have been fought with challenges and concerns. For instance, poor quality, bias, and actions of mind control have been drawn in media daily. Yet the advancement of communication technology permits individuals to explore more information easily as compared to the ancient generation.
Technology in the current era is an element of life among all people across the world. However, -the rate of technology has advanced at a high rate in evolving world. It has certainly enhanced people’s lives as it improves how human beings perform their daily activities. However, this technological advancement occurs due to the high demand for an easier life among people. For instance, the current investigation quantifies that in the current era, media includes all forms of communication in the digital world, including social media, the internet, and electronic video games.
Therefore, I think the evolution in various media forms, from traditional to digital media, has been a positive expansion. This is because the current media is more accessible, where many individuals can access it anywhere globally with an internet connection compared to the old media.
Undoubtedly, technological advancement and information have changed the world into a more global village. Almost every individual navigates the streams of different social media platforms for various reasons. For instance, people utilize web-based applications such as mobile and computers to access various online platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram, WeChat, Imo, Facebook, and Twitter. Such online platforms help to make an active rapport with the family and other individuals worldwide (Schulte-Korne,2016). Therefore, through online communication, many individuals, including Adolescences, enhance appropriate relationships with others as they make new friends.
Moreover, many kinds of research have revealed that social media and technological advancement have enabled the younger generation, particularly adolescents, to discuss ideas that help them develop effective communication and social skills across various geographical blocks. Therefore, social media is a numerical instrument that enhances social interaction between different people. This is because it enables them to share different information and ideas visually and verbally.
Furthermore, media and technological advancement have become indispensable tools for people and businesses. Most social platforms have largely emphasized sharing content, collaboration and networking. Therefore, media can aid people in keeping in touch with family and friends in contact to understand the environment and stay in touch with community members, particularly in businesses. Thus, understanding environmental business awareness plays a crucial role in the current evolving communities. It involves being aware of the surroundings and embracing effective business decisions that positively influence the environment. For example, some of the positive environmental business measures allow people to communicate and share ideas in disguise (Brown & Duguid, 2017). Hence, social media and technology allow individuals to share vital information and ideas efficiently and quickly in real time.
However, gradual technological advancement has been occurring due to the high demand for an easier life. For example, several people navigate various technological platforms to create effective rapport with others in different parts of the world. Also, the current technological developments have impacted the workplace environment in different dimensions. Technology has aided in promoting gender equality in the workplace. Equality has been attained by limiting bias and enhancing representations. In this context, an AI-powered hiring tool can aid in averting bias in the job recruitment procedure, thus promoting equal opportunity for women in workplace. Also, virtual training can aid in enhancing inclusion and gender diversity. Thus, technology can be alleged as a lodestone for promoting flexibility and an easier life in the current evolving society.
Social media can provide a good site for interaction. Many people in society utilize different online platforms for sharing a wide range of information. For instance, people can exchange ideas, photographs, and stories through various social media. Therefore, the need for media is to raise awareness in public to aid in contributing towards the formation of a community around a given issue. According to Li et al. (2019), average, American teenagers spend approximately nine hours every day navigating different social platforms. Thus, effectively utilizing social platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and a variety of others has made it easier to reach a large audience with their ideas for sustainability and change. As a result, helps media helps in averting environmental justice issues in the communities. Hence, this research is appropriate to academics since advancement in social media and technology promotes social contact among society and allows positive attitudes towards the actual use of social media and technology in future.
Social Media and The Adolescents’ Mental Health
In contrast, the continuous utilization of social media and technology has become a critical and influential part of human life. Continuous use of social media and technology has caused a greater impact on mental health among users. For example, spending more time navigating different social platforms result in addiction (Kırcaburun et al.,2019). In the long run, addiction may result in the disruption of mental functions and emotional health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
According to the world health organization, disruption of mental functions and emotional health difficulties such as anxiety and depression among adolescents have been increasing daily. In fact, according to Schulte-Korne (2016), mental health problems have been predominant about 10-2% of adolescents and children worldwide. This analysis has revealed that around 75% of children and adolescents grieve from disruption of mental functions and emotional health difficulties by the time they turn an age of 14. Therefore, current analysts have portrayed that children and adolescents are computer literate and spend more time on social media. As a result, they suffer from addiction, which may have a negative impact on their mental well-being. Therefore, many people have embraced that social platforms harm mental health among children and adolescents.
Social media and technology have also opened a new channel to illegal online practices. For instance, they are violating the privacy, watching pornography and engaging in cyberbullying. According to Levenson et al. (2016), exposure to inappropriate ideas has become a catastrophic problem that influences children and adolescents in various parts of the world. Therefore, over decades, several health policymakers have continued to portray their fear over the influence of technology on teenagers’ health status.
Since it was instituted, several individuals showing a greater interest in sociology have been driven by an intellectual desire to contribute skills and knowledge to this area, while others have perceived that sociology is not just a field of studying society but also enhancing it through various technological aspects. Besides integration, sociology has embraced a significant role in various social reforms. For instance, social media can provide a good site for interaction. Also, media and technological advancement have become indispensable tools for people and businesses. In this regard, technology technological advancement has profoundly impacted education. However, social media and technology embrace both positive and negative influences among users. Hence, individuals should make appropriate inferences on different approaches that can be utilized to encourage the effective use of technology and avert negative health impacts among children and adolescents.
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