Social media is defined as websites and applications used for social networking, in other words it is a way for people to interact and express themselves without being face to face. Social media has become a large part of the life of teenagers, who make up most of the population of people who are subjected to using social media in their daily lives. Many college students are faced with balancing their social lives with school and even athletics making priorities a big dilemma for them. College students in America are affected in many ways by social media whether it be their social life, their happiness, or their grades.
Studies have shown that social media has a direct correlation to a college students social life. Teenagers in this time period tend to need social media; it has become a part of today’s adolescent culture. Phones, laptops, and tablets can be found in a typical college student’s dorm. These are the main components that are being used by college students for social media. It is very rare to find a college student without a phone or a laptop. Almost all teens today are equipped with phones and use them to talk, text, and even tweet.
It’s been said that college students spend way too much time on social websites and on their phones. During my research I came across an article titled “The effects of social media on college students” by Wei Chen, and in this article there were stats that showed the average amount of time that students spent on social media. The results showed that 73% of wired teenagers now use social media websites. Of those seventy three percent of wired students 45% spend 4 to 6 hours, 20% spend 2 to 4 hours, 12% spend 0 to 2 hours, and 23% spend more than 8 hours on social media. “Results show that while most college students use social media and spend hours checking social media sites, there was a negative aspect to college students use of social media.” (Chen 1). A majority of wired students spend more than two hours using social media, meaning that they are connected with other people and exploring new worlds but at the same time they are being exploited to negative aspects of the world.
Social media has been known to help students develop important knowledge and social skills. “At first glance this may seem like a waste of time; however it also helps students to develop important knowledge and social skills, and be active citizens who create and share content.” (Chen 3). The more time teens spend on social media the more they become aware of their own social side and how to interact with others, especially their peers. “Some types of social media has beneficial effects, like helping adolescents establish some sense of identity and build networking skills” (Riley Davis). Too much time being spent on social media can also exploit teens to some harsh realities that they’ve probably never experienced in their lives before.
Social media has been known to have positive and negative effects on the happiness of...