Social media impact on youth

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Iqra Zahid
Islamabad

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Websites and applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wikis are among the different types of social media.
Using social media Web sites is among the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents. Any Web site that allows social interaction is considered a social media site, including social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter; gaming sites and virtual worlds such as Club Penguin, Second Life, and the Sims; video sites such as YouTube; and blogs. Social media has become a prominent part of life for many young people today. Most people engage with social media without stopping to think what the effects are on our lives, whether positive or negative.
But this has adverse affects to young generation as most young age people right from age 12 are socializing getting away from their studies. Children get trapped and tell out most of their private information which can be fatal and can lead to disaster. One of the often cited dangers of social media is cyber bullying. It occurs when a person uses sites like Facebook to adopt a threatening behaviour towards someone during a discussion or sends threatening messages. Everyone of us has its own set of beliefs and ideas that we try to live up to. In our daily life we have an interaction with limited circle of friends. However, sharing such ideas over websites like Facebook may result in dissemination of this information with people that we would not want normal life. This may even prove fatal for our relationship with those people. As a whole social media is in way good as well bad.