Specialisation: Technology

Embracing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Technology in the Workplace

Introduction

“Imagine the technology revolution witnessed in the past decades, from simple booth telephones to complex iPhone technology. Artificial intelligence is the transformation giant, from its invention to generative AI and the newest, casual AI. We focus on the transformative nature of AI technology and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the future workplace, not about the latest technological inventions but the impact on changing the work environment. Cellan-Jones (2018) claims that the development of AI could end the importance of human power in the workplace, as Hawking foresaw. Despite the predicted threat, AI opportunities to better the workplace outweigh its adverse. Every sector worldwide is focused on profit maximization or efficiency perfection at least cost. AI technology provides that opportunity to the justice and health sectors by applying casual AI prediction models. Danmeng & Jia’s (2018) research on multinational companies indicates that robotics are replacing human labor to cut production costs and improve efficiency. Let us unravel the impact of this technology shift on the workplace landscape.

Artificial Intelligence’s Evolution in Daily Life

The culture of living has changed to a technological nature. It is impossible to ignore the presence of AI transformation in our operations. We have to take responsibility for AI technology inventions like a baby, wanted or unwanted. The adoption of AI is projected to reach $ 23.3 billion in the global smart market by 2025 (Ren, 2018). Voice-activated virtual assistants are examples of AI technology replacing human labor. Devices like Siri and Alexa have personalized human activities and become part of daily activities. Facial recognition securities have taken place for security officers, making it less costly for management and more effective. Machine algorithmic apps have replaced language translators and become more effective and efficient.

Robots have replaced skilled and non-skilled labor in hotels, warehouses, and offices to perform complex and non-complex tasks. AI technology is part of us, created by us to improve work effectiveness and efficiency. Scientists intend to maintain human capacity in working space rather than improve performance in critical areas where more intelligence or effective skill is needed. However, the work ethics of machines are limited; for instance, Casual AI used to predict a patient’s condition based on cause and effect can present type I or II errors due to its limitation to emotional connection.

Transforming the Workforce

Leaving our daily operations and AI technology dominance, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates that 85 million workers in the job market will be replaced by AI technology by 2025. The threat in the job market is dead at arrival as AI technology job creation is projected to be 97 million in 2025 (Lane et al., 2023). Employers want to capture the technological rise in profitability aims. AI is used in digital marketing to create visual adverts and offer communication to consumers through feedback collection. Human labor has yet to accomplish this effectively in creating consumer connections over the years, as in CRM AI models in Amazon and Coca-Cola corporations.

People are unwilling to put their trust in AI, such as Casual AI in the treatment process, but running complicated machines in warehouses requires additional efficiency. Only AI inventions have improved the running of these machines. They are tasting the functionality of harmful products as weapons, which is unethical, as is using human labor for such events. AI robots are coded for such events. Integration of AI is championed by enhancing efficiency and productivity. Firms have found opportunities to improve productivity and cut costs. AI technology has transformed the workplace despite the critics of replacing human labor.

Benefits and Drawbacks of AI Integration

Let us evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of AI technology. Weighing on the benefits of AI integration in the workplace and our operations underscores the challenges. For instance, the McKinsey company’s adoption of AI technologies is projected to contribute to revenue growth by $13 trillion by 2030 (Rouse, 2019). The economic impact of AI technologies on firms is a significant benefit. Companies that have used CRM technologies and AI-generated advertisement strategies to connect with consumers worldwide clearly impact the technology (Pereira et al., 2023). The effort championed by entrepreneurs like Musk and Pichai is more than technology transformation, as AI can revolutionize industries in efficiency and improve productivity. The ethical focus is the only significant drawback of AI integration in workplaces. Ethical considerations are the challenges people face in the workplace, like data breaches. Job displacement by AI is like narratives told without statistical proof.

Conclusion

As we wrap up, it is impossible to stop the integration of AI technologies in our daily activities. The companion in devices like Siri, performance in firms, and efficiency in workplace stages AI technology to long waited future of technology transformation. From personal assistants to reshaping industries and offices, efficiency makes AI technologies undeniable. On weighing the benefits and threats of AI, it is evident these technological advancements are much more beneficial in the new era to the challenges they pose. Since this is the future, let us wake up to embrace AI integration in our workplace and industries. The AI technologies are the basics to improve our performance and increase efficiency. Thank you.”

References

Cellan-Jones, R. (2014). Stephen Hawking warns that artificial intelligence could end humanity. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30290540

Danmeng, M. & Jia, D. (2018). AI May Worsen Structural Unemployment in China: Report. Retrieved from https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-08-30/ai-may-worsen-structural-unemployment-in-china-report-101320259.html

Lane, M., Williams, M., & Broecke, S. (2023). The impact of AI on the workplace: Main findings from the OECD AI surveys of employers and workers. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/content/paper/ea0a0fe1-en

Pereira, V., Hadjielias, E., Christofi, M., & Vrontis, D. (2023). A systematic literature review on the impact of artificial intelligence on workplace outcomes: A multi-process perspective. Human Resource Management Review33(1), 100857. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S105348222100036X

Ren, D. (2018). 2.3 million – the number of jobs that could be lost to artificial intelligence in China’s financial sectors by 2027. Retrieved from https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2139685/23-million-number-jobs-could-be-lost-artificial-intelligence

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The Role of Technology in Advancing Social Justice

Social justice refers to the fair and equitable distribution of societal rights, opportunities, and privileges (Premdas, 2016). It aims to address issues of marginalization, discrimination, inequality, and human rights violations against disadvantaged groups. With the proliferation of digital technology and social media in the 21st century, activists and advocacy groups increasingly leverage these tools to advance social justice causes globally. However, technology is a double-edged sword that can both enable and threaten social justice efforts. This literature review will analyze current research on the complex relationship between technology and social justice. It will specifically examine how technology has been utilized to promote social justice through activism, civic participation, and policy change and discuss risks and limitations.

Enabling Social Justice Activism

A prominent way technology has advanced social justice is by enabling activism, protests, campaigns and grassroots organizing on national and global scales. McNutt (2018) outlines several technology-based advocacy techniques, including email/text campaigns, online petitions, online fundraising, social media campaigns, and online protests, which have become ubiquitous. Social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been instrumental in recent social movements like the Arab Spring, #MeToo, and Black Lives Matter, allowing rapid information diffusion, collective action coordination, and mass mobilization of protestors (Harlow & Guo, 2014). Through hashtags, images, videos, and viral content, protesters can instantly disseminate messages and gain mainstream attention and public sympathy for their causes (Anderson et al., 2019). These affordances were leveraged during the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests in 2019, with protestors using Telegram groups to anonymously organize demonstrations and LIHKG forum to vote on protest actions (Shao, 2019). Such networked counterpublics challenge governmental and media narratives, acting as a “liberation technology” to promote free speech and assembly (Sandoval-Almazan & Gil-Garcia, 2014).

However, critics argue that mere online participation through social media “slacktivism” – such as tweeting hashtags, signing virtual petitions, and changing profile photos to support causes – has limited tangible impact without accompanying offline collective action (Gladwell, 2010). Worse still, satiating the psychological desire for change through low-effort online activism may undermine the willingness for deeper involvement (Morozov, 2009). Nonetheless, empirical research across contexts reveals online activism serves a crucial complementary role in initiating broader public awareness around issues, enabling decentralized recruitment to grow movements’ support base, and coordinating widespread mobilization – ultimately driving participation in real-life protests, lawsuits, boycotts and other manifestations of dissent challenging power holders (Enjolras et al., 2013). Hence, technology and social media should be viewed as extending rather than replacing traditional repertoires of activism and contention. Virtual participation helps inspire, organize and strengthen real-world campaigns.

Empowering Marginalized Voices

A critical social justice priority is to elevate the voices and perspectives of minorities who have historically lacked representation in mainstream media, politics, and positions of power. These marginalized groups often face oppression, discrimination and human rights violations, but their lived experiences frequently go unacknowledged in the dominant discourse. However, social media provides an alternative platform for minorities to disseminate counter-narratives, share personal stories of injustice, and build collective consciousness of the struggles they routinely confront. Through hashtag activism and digital solidarity campaigns like #YesAllWomen, #IamSriLankan, or #SayTheirNames, marginalized publics can forge connections with peers facing similar hardships to their own – constructing online “digital counterspaces” separate from majority groups where they feel empowered to openly discuss stigmatized issues without the risk of backlash or censorship (Barker-Plummer & Barker-Plummer, 2017). Such online storytelling and collective meaning-making aid in the advancement of positive group identities and broader awareness of minority challenges that have historically been ignored. Furthermore, Internet connectivity and digital media engagement expand civic participation by enabling disabled, homebound, far-flung and otherwise vulnerable populations to contribute perspectives they may have previously been excluded from sharing due to mobility, health or geographic limitations (Martinson & Minkler, 2006; Vaccari et al., 2015). Marginalized voices can accumulate power and influence through socio-technological systems to drive social progress.

The Internet also promotes pluralism and diversity of viewpoints by allowing intersectional coalition-building across diverse marginalized groups and social justice causes. As McNutt (2018) explains, websites like Care2 provide opportunities for activism collaboration across varied issues ranging from environmentalism to LGBTQ+ rights to racial justice. The website brings together advocates from different backgrounds to recognize the interlinked nature of their struggles, building solidarity across movements. Meanwhile, global petition platforms like Avaaz and Change.org have leveraged the affordances of digital media to coordinate activism across national borders. By overcoming barriers of geography, disparate marginalized groups worldwide can voice shared grievances on these platforms and align advocacy efforts for a more significant impact. The outcome suggests that Internet technologies can foster new understanding connections between disadvantaged populations worldwide to educate each other on respective struggles and strengthen global social justice movements through collective organizing around mutually reinforcing priorities.

Effecting Policy and Legal Change

Technology has proven capacity to effect tangible policy, legislative and legal changes to remedy societal injustice. As McNutt (2018) points out, online hacktivist collectives like Anonymous often undertake radical advocacy approaches like DDoS attacks that overwhelm and turn off websites through excessive traffic and hacking confidential databases to publicize secret information. Similarly, Chartrand (2021) explains how, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian prison abolition groups leveraged Twitter campaigns and online fundraising drives to pressure the government to secure the release of inmates, given the amplified risks of viral spread in confined carceral facilities. Their hashtag activism went viral, and accumulating social media pressure ultimately led to some progressive legal reforms, including releasing low-risk prisoners through parole. These cases demonstrate how technology-based activism tactics allow rapid mobilization and coordinated responses to evolving social issues or crises. By leveraging these tools to sway public opinion and convince authorities, marginalized groups can prompt institutional changes to policy, legislation and legal remedies to address injustice.

Such online tactics allow speedy responses to rapidly evolving social issues and crises fueled by technology. Amid the resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests against racist police brutality in 2020, countless smartphone recordings documented incidents of excessive force against peaceful protestors. The videos circulated virally online to millions within hours, with immediacy and visceral impact harnessing public outrage to force police accountability and trigger policy reviews of law enforcement ranging from bans on chokeholds to reallocating budgets towards community development (Anderson et al., 2019). The videos provided indisputable visual evidence substantiating the lived realities of police injustice that African Americans have always decried but were systematically ignored. Instant archiving and disseminating such digital records verifying real-life injustice supplies activists with urgent advocacy tools to convince authorities of the need for legal remedies and policy reforms. Marginalized publics can rapidly influence legislative outcomes through coordinated activism leveraging sociotechnical systems.

Risks and Limitations

Despite the vast potential of technologies for enabling social justice, prevailing platforms still embed many societal inequalities and biases in their very designs that constrain possibilities for activist organizing (Gilligan, 2011; Gillespie, 2010). Critics caution that, too often, feel-good yet superficial digital activism through online petitions or hashtag campaigns merely focuses on individual cathartic acts of “slacktivism” rather than coordinated efforts demanding systematic change (Morozov, 2009). Moreover, under the guise of protecting national security, state surveillance programs perversely threaten privacy infringement, especially for activists utilizing social technologies to organize dissent (Hintz, 2015). So, while emerging media opens new tactical avenues for contention, social justice advocates must remain cognizant that genuine socio-political change still fundamentally stems from sustained on-the-ground collectivization, community-building and policy negotiations through established institutional channels – functions which virtual technologies and spontaneous decentralized peer production cannot wholly replace nor shortcut (Wolfson, 2014).

Furthermore, carceral authorities now exploit the very same digital systems that activists use for counter-surveillance and suppression of social justice organizing. As Chartrand (2021) highlights, through infiltrating online spaces, obstructing communication channels, and unlawfully detaining organizers, law enforcement leverages technologies to serve state authoritarianism and hinder activism. Hence, the very infrastructures created to advance public reasonable risk being co-opted and perversely repurposed for harm (Sandoval-Almazan & Gil-Garcia, 2014), evident through the suppression of prison abolition groups. The evidence demonstrates how technological features and digitally mediated tactics supporters introduce can be dangerously turned against them. It necessitates thoughtful oversight around socio-technical developments to mitigate misuse.

Finally, while social media allows pluralism, its algorithms can homogenize shared experiences into simple narratives (Gillespie, 2010) that overlook nuances around identity and struggles. Moreover, notwithstanding the capacity for hashtag activism to spotlight minority issues, platforms may lack cultural competency to relatively moderate controversial social justice content, often erroneously censoring marginalized users (Díaz & Hecht-Felella, 2021). So, the architectures enabling visibility simultaneously constrain representations. Ultimately, technology alone cannot resolve systemic factors driving marginalization. Sustainable social change requires aligning technical innovations with economic and policy solutions to transform underlying societal inequities.

In conclusion, technology and social media platforms have afforded unprecedented tools for activism, empowerment and political participation among disadvantaged groups. Through rapid information circulation, collectivized action and mass dissent, digital media fundamentally reshapes possibilities for ordinary citizens to coordinate social justice campaigns to contest authoritarian regimes and shape policy agendas. However, such technologies still embed societal biases and risks. While opening new avenues for contention, activists must thoughtfully navigate threats of surveillance infringement, algorithmic biases that can suppress minority voices, and the facilitation of state suppression of dissent on these very systems that were built to protect free speech. Ultimately, achieving sustainable social progress requires holistic solutions that address root causes of injustice through economic, legal, political and social transformation rather than mere technical fixes.

References

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Barker-Plummer, B., & Barker-Plummer, D. (2017). Twitter as a feminist resource:# YesAllWomen, digital platforms, and discursive social change. In Social movements and media (Vol. 14, pp. 91–118). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Abolition in the land known as Canada in the wake of COVID-19. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 33(1), 138-143.

Díaz, Á., & Hecht-Felella, L. (2021). Double standards in social media content moderation. Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. https://www. brennancenter. org/our-work/research-reports/double-standards-socialmedia-content-moderation.

Enjolras, B., Steen-Johnsen, K., & Wollebaek, D. (2013). Social media and mobilization to offline demonstrations: Transcending participatory divides? New media & society15(6), 890-908.

Gilligan, C. (2011). Cyber racism: White supremacy online and the new attack on civil rights. Visual studies26(1), 79–79.

Gillespie, T. (2010). The politics of ‘platforms’. New media & society12(3), 347-364.

Gladwell, M. Why the revolution will not be tweeted. The New Yorker, 2010.

Harlow, S., & Guo, L. (2014). Will the revolution be tweeted or Facebooked? Using digital communication tools in immigrant activism. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication19(3), 463–478.

Hintz, A. (2015). Social media censorship, privatized regulation and new restrictions to protest and dissent. Critical perspectives on social media and protest: Between control and emancipation, pp. 109–126.

Martinson, M., & Minkler, M. (2006). Civic engagement and older adults: A critical perspective. The Gerontologist, 46(3), 318-324.

McNutt, J. G. (2018). Advocacy, social change, and activism. In Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age (pp. 9–21). Oxford University Press.

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Sandoval-Almazan, R., & Gil-Garcia, J. R. (2014). Towards cyberactivism 2.0? Understanding the use of social media and other information technologies for political activism and social movements. Government information quarterly31(3), 365-378.

Shao, G. (2019, August 16). Social media has become a battleground in Hong Kong’s protests. CNBC. Retrieved November 21, 2023, from https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/16/social-media-has-become-a-battleground-in-hong-kongs-protests.html

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Integration of Technology Into Mental Health

Technology has permeated every aspect of daily existence in the contemporary digital era, even reaching the mental health field. Technology has been integrated into the mental wellness field through applications, therapeutic techniques, and support systems, ushering in an era of change in the treatment and psychological well-being of those dealing with mental health issues. This essay examines the numerous ways in which technology is improving the well-being and prognosis of patients with psychological concerns. How we handle and approach mental health issues has changed tremendously due to technology. The tremendous effects of technology in three main areas through applications, therapeutic methods, and support systems as they relate to the well-being and treatment outcomes of individuals dealing with mental health challenges.

Applications

The creation of smartphone applications intended to help people with psychological concerns is among the most significant ways technology has impacted mental health. These apps provide various services, such as mood tracking, relaxing techniques, and on-demand crisis assistance. Examples of apps that enable people to take charge of their mental health include Headspace and Calm, which provide instructions for meditation and stress-relieving practices (Arean et al., 2022). Additionally, the prevalence of mental health applications has dramatically helped to de-stigmatize getting assistance for mental well-being. These programs improve accessibility and usability, creating an improved setting for people to seek help and care for their mental wellness issues.

Therapeutic Methods

Technology has also influenced the development of treatment approaches in various fields of mental health. Teletherapy, for example, enables people to communicate with mental health specialists via the Internet, erasing distance obstacles and guaranteeing therapeutic continuation. According to research, teletherapy is just as effective as in-person therapy, making it possible for those who live in distant or underprivileged locations to get the crucial psychological treatment they need. Virtual reality therapies are now more common than traditional therapeutic modalities (Lopez et al., 2019). These cutting-edge methods provide immersive settings for dealing with various mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. They provide a unique and highly successful therapy route for anyone wanting treatment for these issues.

Support Systems

Technology has significantly increased the support services available to people with mental health issues. People may interact, exchange stories, and get encouragement from others who have overcome comparable challenges thanks to online discussion boards, forums, and social media sites. These online communities offer an overwhelming feeling of community and compassion that can be helpful on the road toward wellness. Additionally, chatbots and emergency support lines provide quick assistance, guaranteeing people have somebody they can turn to in times of distress and lowering the probability of severe occurrences (Shalaby & Agyapong, 2020).

In conclusion, the context of mental health care has changed due to the incorporating of technological advances into psychological health via applications, therapy techniques, and support systems. Thanks to these developments, treatment, and support are now easier to obtain, more feasible, and more effective. Putting information at people’s fingertips, removing obstacles to therapy, and encouraging an understanding of society as a whole, technology enables people to take charge of their mental health. Technology is a strong ally as we strive to negotiate the difficulties associated with mental wellness, suggesting an improved future for people who require support and treatment.

References

Areán, P. A., Ly, K. H., & Andersson, G. (2022). Mobile technology for mental health assessment. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience.

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Social Media and Technology

Introduction

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.

Conclusion

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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