Does social media decrease or increase isolation in teenagers?

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lavincen | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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It has the ability to do both.  Social media can decrease a teens isolation with its abilty to connect with others so that a teen can find a peer group.  A teen can use social media to find similar interests, get help with work, or be a vehicle to share experiences.

Social media also has the ability to increase a teens isolation through bullying, friending and then unfriending en mass, and what is being called facebook depression.  Teens spend so much of their time on social media always making sure someone is validating their feelings that when that instant gratification of a "like" doesn't happen, teens end up depressed.

Like any social arena, there are the good and the bad.

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xXTheOmenXx | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Social media can both increase and decrease isolation in teenagers. However, it all depends on how the person decides to go about using social media. For the most part, I believe that social media can help overcome isolation. You're able to keep in touch with old friends, relatives, family members, and even make new friends through social media.

If one were to keep a small group of online friends in their social pool, there is a definite chance of seeing a decrease in isolation. When they allow themselves to be surrounded by people who care about them, it can make all the difference--regardless of whether these people are in real life or not.

Despite the popular notion that many individuals are tasteless and provide absolutely nothing in comparison to what they could offer in real life, my closest friends are within this online realm. It is with great appreciation that I am able to note their responses reflect precisely their syntax and lexicon, supposing we were to call each other on the phone or webcam together.

Regardless of a physical presence, there are many cases which prove something tangible to be irrelevant in the end. Emotional bonds, the idea of energy, apparitions, the popular Latin phrase, "Amor Vincit Omnia" (Love conquers all things), and the idea that friendships, and love, can still be sustained no matter what the distance between.

While social media can cause isolation because this person is spending time online talking to another, it would be comparable to someone in real life visiting with a friend often. It is a different method for the same concepts--communication and friendship.

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I think social media INcreases teenage isolation. It detaches people from meaningful interactions with one another and make them less human.Any where people go they are on their phones. You could be hanging out with someone, no one talking, and everyones just on their phones. I think it makes it worse also because of the things you see on social media and all the drama. Social Media and technology are ruining everything. People spend hours on social media. This causes people to not socialize with others. A lot of people feel lonely and distant from the world because of these things. The online social world is destroying real communication, dumbing down society, and leading to a society of people that have no idea how to actually function in the real world.People rely on social media to communicate with others.

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I agree with you that people spend way to much time on their phones than paying attention to the world and the people in front of them. I also agree with you that social media has a huge impact on socializing with people. Because of social media a lot of people don't socialize face to face. We can't blame ourselves though, can we ? It's not our fault.

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Exactly. My point is that social media is just destroying real communication, and leading this society to where people have no idea how to function in the real world. It's taking it away from us. No, I don't think it is our fault . They should do something about it though. Imagine how things would be if we didn't have all of this. 

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I agree. I think this world would be a better place and people would be more friendly, if we did not have it or at least as much. 

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That is so true no you can't pull people away from their phones for even a few minutes.I feel like as a people we are loosing our social skills because its becoming more and more harder to make human conections face to face.I think it will get to a point where there will be little or no human interactions what do you think?

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xXTheOmenXx | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Yes, I agree Lauren! Too much communication and interaction through social media will eventually cause people to barely interact with each other in real life.

People end up growing obsessive and even impolite towards others in real life. The common courtesy of putting your phone down when you are with a friend or among others is growing increasingly difficult to sustain for most, it unfortunately seems.

I have often heard someone saying they only text with another person since they were "too awkward to talk to in real life".

It really is becoming questionable and even worrying because people seem to not put much effort into real life conversation any more and seem to revolve around the idea that social networking is better than in-person interaction.

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xXTheOmenXx | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Whoops, it replied to Aliyah's post instead of Lauren's...

Oh, I forgot to ask.. Does anyone else notice the same things happening in real life with social media becoming more important than real-life friendships?

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I believe social media increases isolation in teenangers.When teenagers use social media as often as we do we tend to break away from actual interactions with humans.We isolate ouselves and we are ok with that as long as we can get to any form of social media.We would rather add new friends on facebook and have "1,000" friends verses getting out there and having actual human iteractions and making new freinds.so I do believe social media has played a huge role in the isolation of teenagers. Do you guys agree ?

 
 

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I completely agree with you Aliyah! I feel like, if people have their cellphones, facebook, twitter, ect. then it will keep them from interacting with individuals outside in the real world. Some people are just so obsessive over the internet and cannot connect so good with the outside world after!

 

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Social media increases loneliness because, it will feel akward talking in person after you text them a while, you will be addicted to the internet, and you won't see anyones real emotions. Sometimes while you are texting someone for so long, it's really weird talking to them in person because you feel really weird over something you said over text.  When you use the phone a lot, sometimes you start ignoring the people who matter the most, and the people who really care about you! People are really fake now days and will lie to you about anything. When you get on facebook and some one sends you a friend request and you don't really know them, they could be the opposite gender and lie about their age. That will really make you mad and you will go insane. Do you guys agree or disagree?

 

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I do agree and disagree I agree that whith technology people get caught up and ingnore the ones that really care about them,I also agree that when you accept friends on facebook you really don't know who they are.However I do disagree with;when you said after texing someone for so long it becomes wierd to talk to them.Can we really blame social media for our lack of social skills ?

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I agree with the part of people ignoring others because of their phone and people lying and being fake. I disagree with while you are texting someone for so long it would be weird talking to them in person, because of experience. I think even if you talk to someone through social media for so long, that you get close with them and start to know and learn who and how they really are, so I don't think it makes it awkward. Only if you make it awkward. If you talked to someone for years over the Internet and finally just met them, would you feel awkward? I don't think so because you have talked to them for so long and have gotten to know them . 

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Social media increases loneliness because, it will feel akward talking in person after you text them a while, you will be addicted to the internet, and you won't see anyones real emotions. Sometimes while you are texting someone for so long, it's really weird talking to them in person because you feel really weird over something you said over text.  When you use the phone a lot, sometimes you start ignoring the people who matter the most, and the people who really care about you! People are really fake now days and will lie to you about anything. When you get on facebook and someone sends you a friend request and you don't really know them, they could be the opposite gender and lie about their age. That will really make you mad and you will go insane.

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