Based on my last post, one can agree that social media has completely changed our lives. But just how much has it changed our lives? For teens, it has impacted their lives greatly. They were born into the technology and social media era. However, many professionals are checking social media accounts before looking to hire someone. Do teens realize today how important their web face is?
I recently found a video on YouTube called “Think Time: Teens and Social Networks”. The video discusses just how much teens use social networks and what they are posting about themselves.
Every day, teens spend roughly 1 hour 50 minutes on social networks. They share a great amount of information about themselves. They share things such as their pictures, interests, school name, and age. Ten percent of teens even share their location/address.
When I was a freshman in college, my field hockey coach had a meeting with our team about social media. She went onto the twitter accounts of every girl on my team and shared some of the tweets she found without sharing who they came from. Some girls were shocked that she did this and others were shocked that girls wrote some of the things that they did. This meeting was one of the best things that happened to me. It opened my eyes about how public social media actually is. When we click the submit button on any social media, we need to remember that anyone can see it. If it’s not something that we would want someone such as our coach to see, then it shouldn’t be posted. According to the video, 31% of teens share content on social networks that they don’t want their family or teachers to see. Also, 18% of teens have been embarrassed or disciplined because of something they shared on a social network. This goes to prove that teens are not fully aware of just how accessible their information is to the public. Their web face is much more important than they think. It is a part of their reputation.
Are teens abusing social media today? Over the past years, cyber bullying has become increasingly more popular. The video tells us that 39% of teens on social networks have been cyber bullied. Some have even committed suicide. Are teens spending too much time on social media and causing them to use it in a negative manner rather than a positive one? We are living in a technology era today. The things we share on social media can affect our future. Employers and college admissions are using Facebook and other social networks to check the profiles of young people.
Social media affects more than just the future for teens. Social media can even affect the well-being and safety for them. About 25% of social networks are fake. Many predators/ sex offenders use this tactic to disguise who they are. Since teens put information about themselves, it is easy for these fake accounts to find out about the person. In fact, 42% of teens accept friend requests from strangers. This gives the possibly dangerous person access to their full account.
Teens along with people of all ages should be aware of the importance of their cyber face. It can affect their future and their well-being. Are you sharing too much? Or are you protecting your cyber face?