For friendship and social contacts there is no firm line between real and online worlds in the smartphone era.

Can social media and online apps overexpose teenagers to constant online feedback and idealised images at the expense of real-life friendships?

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When the newspaper became popular in the 17th century, critical reflections on the use and impact of the new medium did not wait long. The term "newspaper addiction" was born. The "unnecessary labor-disturbing, with insatiable desire driven newspaper reading" (quoted in Wilke 2009: 506). It can always be highlighted negative properties, for example, a new medium. So also with the social media. You can isolate one amazingly fast from the "real world" with their real-going conversations and contacts. They create a habit that becomes frighteningly quick to become an addiction. I also find it very worrying to allow children to create a digital world, with online contacts and perfected role models without being able to establish a proper interpersonal basis. Nevertheless, "moderation is the best". Social media works with the right use, at the right time to the right extent more than just socializing. They broaden the horizon and burst the individual bubble of a person, a country, a religion, a language, a mindset.

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It is not mandatory to see social media as positive or negative. We don't have to choose because actually is here. The social media is the new socialization space. Past generations had other ways to interactuate and to socialize between them. As a meeting place, social media does integrates people. If you only meet people in your city or in your `comfort area´ you will listen to same opinions, same points of view, same ways of live... What we have to do is to protect the diversity that net neutrality gives us. Nowadays social media integrates but I'd like you to pay attention to the net neutrality in the future. It's something that we have to worry about. There are some new policies against this neutrality and therefore to social media integration. We cannot permit in Europe policies at EEUU's. If we have to pay for some contents that integration and freedom will be extinguished in favour of some sponsred contents. In european union's future I want be able to access freely and quickly to a content as I can do it now. I think it's neccesary to alert for the problem and to take prevention measures.
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Nobody will dispute the fact that social networks allow people to communicate more easily with remote acquaintances. Indeed, it is a free and fast medium to express sundry ideas. On the one hand, social networks like Instagram or Facebook enable people with common interests to stay in touch and to share their passions. Instagram abounds in accounts about various topics, which makes people able to find their very own subject. On the other hand, we must not turn a blind eye on the several downsides begotten by these networks. Unfortunately, these networks are most of the time used by celebrities to show off how perfect their life is. Body has become THE sole preoccupation for the users, where body image holds the central place. This vision of idealized pictures cause teenagers to create an erroneous belief in their mind and therefore deceive them when facing the real life or entering the business world. A study showed that persons dependent on social medias had a higher risk of developping eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia. The networks tend to put the teenagers under a huge social pressure, which can lead to isolation. To top it off, some scientists proved that several social networks, especially Snapchat or thanks to the so-named “Streaks” or broadly speaking, with the “likes” or “follow” are stimulating the reward circuit. Subsequently, it results in acute dependence. However, few groups of people are reacting to the overexposure of the body image and contributes to spread “anti-complexes “pictures against stereotypes, with the hashtag #loveyourline for instance. All in all, the social medias are bringing far more drawbacks than advantages and should be used carefully and people should be aware of the dangers before signing in a network. A meager solution to that problem would be to switch to a private account, allowing thus people to filter the viewers. To conclude, I’ll quote Oscar Wilde, who figured that out two centuries ago : “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde

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“The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers” JK Rowling Social media and online apps bring together people who are far apart from each other, but separate those who are close. Nowadays, teenagers tend to neglect direct contact, such as authentic conversations, with their surroundings. They are constantly looking through social media feeds which leads to forgetting about real-life interactions. Furthermore, we should question ourselves on how real is virtual friendship. Is a friendship without any physical contact, a real one who can last? We may end up by getting hurt or betrayed by someone who will reach out to you out of interest. Friends on social media are not to be trusted blindly. Besides, society pushes us to focus on idealised personalities instead of having recognition for our friends and family. Teenagers compare themselves to ideal images then build up a judgement on what is perfection. This process influences their behaviour, their self-esteem and also on their vision of people around them. The only way to real friendship is to be truthful to your identity.

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There’s no doubt that social media has become an important part of our everyday lives during the last decade. Everywhere, more than half of teenagers have apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter etc. and use them daily. This form of virtual intercourse has just as many good sides as bad. In everyday life, it may not always be easy to express yourself, however whoever can post and comment anonymously if wanted. This makes it easy for an individual to interact with other individuals without the fear of being rejected or disrespected. It also improves distance relationships; people who are willing to share moments of their lives can happily post them on social media for their close friends to enjoy. But in the meantime, some people can find it stressful and scary to interact through a screen. For example, social media can be the source of cyber bullying and expose teenagers to constant need of online feedback, such as likes that are in teenager’s heads, representative of a person’s popularity. This can cause an addiction to want constant attention and also the desire to look like the people on the pictures we see on these platforms. Some celebrities on social media can influence teenagers to bad behaviors and lie about their physical image using Photoshop. Furthermore, social media can also put a damper on real life interactions and friendships. For example, people around a meal checking their cellphones and social medias will lock each individual away in their own bubble. This will have an impact on the close relationships between people. To conclude, social media have positive but also negative impacts on teenagers, but if used properly and reasonably, we should be able to live in both worlds at the same time.

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It is no secret that social apps and websites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are widely used all around the world. These websites can introduce you to new people from any country and background. This however, can become really addicting, really fast. Some teenagers refuse to socialise in the real world with their friends, since they can find digital replacements for them on the internet which can lead to situations that are not ideal. If someone doesn’t socialize for more than a day it can lead to lower self-esteem, depression or even a shorter life span. Also, users create fake personalities and identities that can cyberbully, harassing and inflicting intentional emotional pain to others Despite that, social media can reduce loneliness. Nowadays a lot of us use social media to find friends and relatives that we have seen in real life and can organise meetings or reunions or just chat online. Some people also use apps to search for soulmates or just some new buddies. Although there might be consequences due to how risky this is, some live-long relationships are formed from online interaction and dating apps.

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Social Media may be a great way to keep in contact wity anyone anywhere at any time but it comes to the expense of real life interaction. It's sad but it's the reality. Modern friendships are on many occasions built on Social Media interaction and it's an unfortunate thing but it's this generation's way of doing so. We need to get used to this but truely there's a need to do something in order to solve this issue or at least contain it and decrease it in order for people to not get used of just this way of interaction but also to be able to keep real life friendships and communication with friends which is crucial for any human to retain their mental health and social ability.
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Social media is something almost everybody have, and this have lead to many different situations. People care more about likes, followers and comments than things in life which is way more important. Many people get bullied trough sosial media, but the bullies do not dear to face the victom. Sosial media also shows us "the ideal body image", which is insane. The way people edit their photos to look perfect ruins life and might lead to eating dissorders. There is many positive sides of sosial media aswell, like getting new friends, sharing photos with your friends. we have the chance to talk to friends all the time and always be online. the answear to this question is yes.
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The answer to this question is absolutely yes. Social media does overexpose teenagers (everyone in fact) to a constant online feedback and idealised images. I believe that anyone under the age of 18 should not be allowed to be present on social media so that they are given enough time to adapt to real life, adjust their mindset realistically and have little distractions so early on at school. The later they are introduced to social media the better the chances are for them to develop a stronger mindset and friendships in real life rather than only online. They will also be given a chance to develop their interpersonal skills in reality. There also needs to be a ban on "fake news" completely and there needs to be something done about media outlets spreading false news online and spreading it around because this is miseducating our youth and creating unnecessary division which is creating hate as a result.

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There is no alternative to real psychological threatment, young people are vulnereable for psychological problems and too much stress from pressure. Doctor instagram will not cover that. * Society could focus more on doing cool things in real life, if there is no gamefield in the streets, the entertaiment will move to virtual world * icelanders have some achievments to making real world more appealing * The use of social media depends on the user human capital, if capital is high they will use it to seek people with similar interest. * new social media are not problem on their own * There maybe problem with culture when only people on very top are respected. * We can teach people to seek hapiness in their own action rather than likes.

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