How Social Media Affects Our Generations

Social media is in use by most of not all people… how it affects our population


Social media taking over the minds of many

Larissa Snaguski, Staff Writer

Whether you are snapping your friends or scrolling on Tik Tok, you are bound to be on these apps for hours on end. Children of the age of 10 to adults of age 50 or older use Instagram, Tik Tok, Snapchat, Facebook etc. Social media has captivated the minds of many. People of all ages are spending hours and hours on these apps, I mean what else would you really use your phone for? To make a phone call? Absolutely not. Staying up all night getting stuck in the Youtube hole or the Tik Tok endless scroll when you know you have school or work in the morning. Scrolling during the day when you should be doing homework.  “Research says that on average people spend around 2 1/2 hours a day on these platforms, that is a lot of time that could be spend doing other things” (hometown statioms). It is a dangerously unhealthy addiction. 


Many teenage girls (and few boys) will follow the Instagram models, just to spend all of there time looking at what the “should look like.” Not only is this very unhealthy but it is harmful to mental health, causing boys and girls to go though sicknesses like eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. In reality, though, it is all fake and edited. The thing is, if you don’t have social media, there is a slight fear that you are missing out. When all your friends are talking about a post from so and so or a Tik Tok sound that you don’t know, it will eventually cause you to cave and fall back in the hole. Even the fake news that is posted from second or third hand sources, spreads false information most likely about a very important topic. People will twist words and reality like it is a game. 


Social media and iPhones in general are taking over the world, causing kids to not care about anything else. According to Statista, “82 percent of the population in the United States had a social networking profile.” Wanting to know who is doing what and where without regard to the things that matter. If you think you are not guilty of wanting to know the latest drama of a celebrity’s life, you are lying to yourself. People crave it, people crave the attention. It is only a matter of time before everyone becomes human robots and there is no really meaningful conversation happening other than the common hellos and goodbyes. The only way to prevent this is to simply take time off of your phone and these toxic apps.