Are Selfies Bad?


Tristyn Whytock

This is Heather Whytock, taking a selfie, they were in Draper, this was taken 5/15.

Almost every teen has taken at least one selfie before, but is taking too many selfies bad? Well, social media isn’t all that bad for kids. According to a nonprofit child advocacy group Common Sense Media, one in five teens say social media makes them feel more confident, compared with 4% who said it makes them feel less so. In other words, the majority of teens say social media makes them feel more confident. In the survey more then 1,000 13 year olds- 17 year olds about their so digital lives, 28% said social media makes them feel and act more outgoing, versus the 5% who said it makes them feel less so. In other words, on top of the fact that social media makes teens more confident, it also makes the majority more outgoing too. Social media is not all that bad after all, it can actually make teens have better actions toward themselves.

Social media can do powerful things to a person, and they can be either positive or negative. But majority say that social media has a positive effect on themselves and other. According to Common Sense Media, one in five teens comment social media gives them more confidence, compared to the 4% who says the opposite. Basically, social media is important to 28% of teens confidence. When it comes to relationships with friends, more than half (52%) of teens said social media has made them better versus just 4% who said it has negatively affected those relationships. “On the whole, teens said that they feel that social media has a more positive than negative impact on their social and emotional lives,” said Shira Lee Katz, Common Sense Media’s director of digital media. In other words, teens feel that social media has affected them in a positive way and has improved relationships with their peers. Social media has had a positive effect on the majority of societies relationships and confidence.

If teens feel isolated, social media has been the place to cry for help. For example, if a teen is tweeting things about suicide, then authorities can reach out to him/her and encourage them to seek help. Also if a teen lives in a small town and is the only one interested in art, then they can reach out on social media to others that enjoy art. Rebecca Levey, co-founder of a video sharing platform for tweens ages 7 to 12 called KidzVuz, has seen it firsthand. During a special partnership with the Tony Awards earlier this year, kids were encouraged to videotape singing parts of their favorite show tunes or talk about why theater was so important to them. “The response from other kids was so awesome. I mean we had kids who were truly tone deaf and it didn’t matter,” said Rebecca Levey chuckling. “Everyone’s like, ‘You’re awesome,’ ‘Go follow your dream,’ ‘Don’t give up.'” Overall, social media makes kids and teens feel accepted by their peers, and gives them a place to speak up and be heard by not just the people that live in their town or even their state, but it gives them the opportunity to be heard by people worldwide

However, there is still a small amount of negativity is social media: cyber-bullying. The findings are likely to come as a surprise to most parents, including this writer, especially because most of what we hear about social media, especially in the media, are the negatives, such as how cyberbullying can turn tragic. “For every heartbreaking case of cyberbullying, there are many stories of teens using social media for good,” said Katz. In other words, the majority of kids use social media for good and they do not put up with cyber bullies, and they stand up for themselves and their friends. Even though the media has a bad impression on most people, social media isn’t actually all that bad, it helps teens more then it negatively affects them and it helps them make more connections with other teens around the globe. In conclusion, Social Media can (rarely) be negative, and it isn’t fun when it happens, but it has an overall good effect on teens in multiple ways.

Overall, Social Media gets a bad rap. People have biased opinions because of the media, but don’t let the media tell you what to think! You have your own voice, so use it. Kids can benefit in many ways from social media. It can increase confidence, relationships, and it gives them the opportunity to make connections outside of their physical lives. In conclusion, social media can be a very good influence on teens social and emotional lives and therefore, social media can be a very big part in teens lives and what they choose to do with them. 

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