By Armand Manoukian
Social media has taken over the average teenager’s life in many ways. People constantly refresh their feeds hoping to see something interesting, like a new fad or news that reaches the world at the speed of light. Social media is sometimes criticized as a negative influence, but it has some undeniable good in it.
Best: Twitter is my favorite thing in the world. It is a combination of all other social media sites, and it allows for the free-flowing expression of thoughts. Furthermore, Twitter will go down in history for its top notch beef. Never before has there been so many shots fired, so much shade thrown, so much respect lost and gained, than with Twitter and we’ve already seen some consequences. Meek Mill threw shade at Drake, and now his career lays in ruin. On the daily, high school students get into arguments in which rebuttals become hilarious zingers and burns.
Best: Instagram allows great photographers to flourish. The streamlined system allows anyone to show what they are proud of through photography, and with the new exploring capabilities, it’s easier to discover and to be discovered.
Best: Facebook is also convenient for checking class pages and keeping our parents busy.
Worst: Like I said earlier, Twitter beef is great. However, sometimes a line that shouldn’t be crossed is crossed. What I mean by this is that someone will tweet a controversial opinion, and then someone who disagrees will blow up, do the research, and contact the tweeter’s mother, school, or employer so that he or she can receive some sort of tangible punishment in the real world. In my opinion, that’s crossing the line. Sometimes, tweeters can go too far and make jokes that shouldn’t be made, but it can also take jokes way too seriously.
Worst: Instagram is a bastion of oversharing. People will post pictures that no one else really cares for, and it can be annoying. Of course, the users have the freedom to post anything they want unless it can be reported for indecency. At the same time, though, it’s hard to care about what one of your old middle school buddies ate for lunch.
Worst: As for Facebook, it is slowly becoming irrelevant, unlike the aforementioned sites. That’s about it.
Social media is an indicator of our generation. Research has shown that teenagers spend more time on social media than is healthy. This has its benefits: Twitter lets its users know about world events as they’re happening, Instagram lets you see pictures of your cousin from Toronto, and Facebook lets you know when your friend’s birthday is. However, social media can also be hazardous to teenagers’ self-esteem, confidence, and their willingness to express their opinion. Like with everything, the key to social media is moderation.
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