Does social media decrease or increase isolation in teenagers?

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lavincen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

xXTheOmenXx | Student

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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alyssaannallred | Student

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.

aliyahbey | Student

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?

aliyahbey | Student

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 ?

 
 
laurenmichellexoxo | Student

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laurenmichellexoxo | Student

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?

 

laurenmichellexoxo | Student

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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