The latest survey finds that YouTube is the most popular social media site for teens.
85% of teens say they use YouTube and another 32% say they use it most often. Three years prior Facebook was the most popular social media website with a 71% and has now dropped to fourth with only 51%.
Parents shouldn’t have to worry about what there child is posting on Facebook anymore because most kids now aren’t even on Facebook. Instead parents should be more concerned on what there teenagers are watching on YouTube. Especially with the many cases of teens who are being bullied and get on these websites as an escape goat.
Teens were also surveyed to see how they felt about social media as far as having a negative and positive view on the social sites. Only 31% of teens took social media to be a positive aspect while 45 % believe that it has a mostly negative effect.
More and more teens are struggling with face to face conversation because teens are able to express their feelings or communicate through text based messaging which in the end destroy face to face communication. This is why parents don’t prefer their child on social media all day because it hinders them from communicating on a personal level.
Also social media broadcasts this unrealistic lavish life that if you are not living it you are perceived as not cool. Which is why kids are always trying to have the latest fashion and will do anything just to get those items.
Peer pressure also is a direst result of social media. being a teenager this is when your most vulnerable as your trying to find your own identity. on social media there are so many different crowds that you can join and some crowds are a little more intense than others. Causing kids to things such as drinking and smoking just to fit on or sometimes even try to get in clubs with fake id’s.
Social media has also been found to cause issues such as addiction. There are some people out here who cant go a day without being on Instagram, snap-chat or Facebook which is a problem.
The problem with these issues are that its only going to get worse as 88% of U.S. teens have access to a desktop computer or laptop and 95% have access to a smartphone.