Social Network Impact on Youth
Online social media have gained astounding worldwide growth and popularity which has led to attracting attention from variety of researchers globally. Although with time all generations have come to embrace the changes social network has brought about, teenagers and young adults are the most fanatic users of these sites. According to various research studies in the field of online social networks, it has been revealed that these sites are impacting the lives of the youth greatly. When using these sites such as Twitter, Facebook or MySpace, there are both positive and negative effects on the youth.
It is inevitable to ignore the fact that nowadays social network plays an essential role in teenagers’ lives. Most youths are spending at least an hour in these popular social media sites. Generally, 1 out of 7 minutes which are spent online by most of those who can access internet is spent on Facebook according to Shea Bennett. One may ask how spending all that time on the social media sites may have a positive impact on them. Well, social media helps the youth and any other user updated with what is happening around the world, help the teenagers stay connected and interact with each other even if they are many miles apart. This strengthens their relationship even if they finished school and moved to different locations they stay connected and update one another.
In addition, social media sites have provided a platform whereby the youth can create groups and pages based on their common discipline and end up building connections and opportunities for their respective careers by updating various topics to discuss. Youth who have been interviewed they say that social media has become their lifestyle and it makes their lives easier and efficient.
While on one hand social network sites seems to bring people together and connected on the other hand it creates social isolation in regard to BBC News report. As the youth tend to spend many hours on these sites, they rarely have face-to-face interaction. According various studies, scientists’ evaluation determined that social isolation can lead to a host of emotional, psychological, physical and mental problems which include anxiety, depression and somatic complaints among many others.
Other negative effects of social networking various people suggested included encouraging poor spelling and grammar, exposing underage to online predators, allowing spread of misinformation that is perceived as fact, decreasing productivity as those who are supposed to be working spend time in the sites to chat, provide a perfect platform for cyber bullying and providing details that increase risks of identity theft.
Social networking clearly portrays both positive and negative effects on the youth. It is decision of an individual to make whether to continue using the sites or not.
Social media comes in different forms and structures. Mapping social media networks can enable a better understanding of the variety of ways individuals form groups and organize online. Our social media network maps of Twitter have illustrated six different structures of connection around different kinds of topics.
It is possible to imagine any number of ways that these insights could find application for those interested in using social media to promote causes, to engage the stakeholders who are interested in their organizations or missions, and to start or enter social media conversations that matter to them.
For instance, those who run social media accounts for their organizations can explore how some of the conversational “styles” might be most applicable and useful to their work. Additionally, they might see how the “natural” structure of a conversation around their core topics could profit from adjustment. For example, a brand may want to cultivate community, or an in-group might want to open up to outsiders. Using these maps, participants can assess the type of social media network in which they participate and set a target for what they want their group to be like.
Social media is used by millions of individuals who collectively generate an array of social forms from their interactions. Social media network maps can be useful in understanding the variety of social structures that emerge. Network maps can reveal the structures of the crowd and highlight strategic locations or roles in these webs of connection. By mapping social media network spaces, researchers and practitioners can learn about the most common and best uses for these communication services.
Additionally, network analysis provides insights into social media that can help individuals and organizations make informed decisions about online conversations. An organization may have a goal to create a discussion with a particular kind of social structure, like a community or a brand. Creating social media network maps of these topic spaces can be a useful way to track progress. Social media managers, for example, have many topics of interest, including brand names, events, products, services, companies, and candidates. Managers may want to ask themselves “Which kind of social media network is my topic most like?” Further, they may want to select a network type as their desired goal for their topic discussion. With a goal in mind, additional maps can be created over time to measure the difference between the current state of the topic network and the desired one. As experiments with various social media engagement strategies are performed, social media network maps can track the impact on the structure of social media spaces.