Can social media be considered a boon for the younger generations?

Social media platforms are now frequent in our lives, mostly the young generation. Parents limit how much time teens spend on social media and keep a track of when and how they are using it. Even regulatory bodies such as BBFC or PEGI impose strict regulatory guidelines for media products hence preventing cyber crimes or restricting the users on social media platforms from ill-using the elements provided.

We all for sure know that none of those so called restrictions or regulations of minimum age or similar have stopped children from using these forms of platforms. The reach of social media has surpassed research into potential benefits and harms for younger users.

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Thus, what is it to be on such platforms as a kid? According to previous research results students as well as the young adults have provided common stance on this topic. Social media is addictive but equally an important and necessary element to the new gen’s life.

”Children reported that social media was fun, stimulated creativity, and helped foster relationships, particularly with remote relatives and friends; although face-to-face encounters were still valued. As use of social media evolved from game playing among the youngest interviewees to cultivating friendships among the oldest, there was increased emphasis on one’s image and the role of social affirmation and peer feedback, as well as the bittersweet exposure to unattainable lifestyles. Social media also provided discrete access to health information, an important aid to puberty.”

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The most understandable reasons of all is learning opportunities. These expand for older children, facilitated by social media homework groups. For those who feel marginalized by migration, disability, or sexuality, social media provides access to information and introduces a wider selection of peers.

As stated, social media apart from the plausible risks provide such a rich opportunity to unite generations, we encourage companies to commission, publish, and implement research on how to make their platforms safer, friendlier, and healthier for all.

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