Social media is everpresent in everyday life for everyone; especially young people. It has become the primary gateway to connect with friends and the world around us as a part of our daily ritual with it being the first thing many people do as soon as they wake up.

There is more and more pressure for teens to conform to social pressures now than ever before; there are so many different kinds of social media that people are expected to be on and tell their life stories to each other. It’s no wonder teenagers feel the pressure to live up to certain expectations with their friends.

Our electronic gadgets have become extensions of our bodies. You very rarely see a teenager without their phone glued to their hand!

There are positives and negatives to teenagers having constant access to social media and the internet. One negative aspect of social networking is losing face to face contact with other people. Teens are now sitting with their gadgets in their hands all day long, tapping messages into screens instead of communicating with each other. They spend all day with their friends in school and then choose to text them all night once they are home! Many teenagers now admit they feel more comfortable communicating with their friends via technology and social media rather than in person, as the majority thinks that it is easier to chat on the internet because they lack communication skills.

Recent statistics show that 88% of teens aged between 13-17 have access to a mobile phone of some kind. 73% of teens have, or have access to, a smartphone, and 30% have a basic phone. With many children having access to smart phones from a young age, it’s easy to why they would think of communicating with their friends over technology as the norm.

On average, young people aged between 16-24 spend more than 27 hours a week on the Internet communicating with each other. Young adults spend the most time online almost tripling from 10 hours 24 minutes in 2015 to 27 hours 36 minutes in 2014.

With the increase in the amount of time spent online by teenagers it’s down to the parents to monitor and control it. It would be unrealistic to think that parents could stop their children from having access to any technology, as there are so many different devices available for people to use. With a lot of school work now being based around they need to be able to have access to it.

 

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