Social Abuses of New Media (Facebook)

Social Abuses of New Media


Article Reference

Alexander, C. (2016). Retrieved 16 August 2016, from http://Social Media Culture Believed to Have a Negative Effect on Youth.

Christopher Alexander published the article on the sixteenth of August 2016 to analyze the social media culture considered to have an adverse impact on the youth. Alexander is a journalist by profession at the new American journal. His article was based on the study conducted by the United Kingdom magazines of Daily Mail and the Parenting Magazine concerning the impacts social media among students of Birmingham University through interviews. The content of those publications also included the parent’s views regarding the effects the social media have to their children learning the process. Therefore, the author’s arguments that the social crimes such as prostitution because of pornographic materials shared across the social media by the youth, might escalate easily amongst those teens likely derailing their active state of life, can be justifiable by his article.


Clinton Alexander (2016) believes in four motives of engaging in the social media Facebook inclusive which includes meeting new people, for entertainment, to maintain a relationship and media creation. The Facebook site encourages negative behaviors to the youth especially to the school and college going students, such as deferment and that their chances of alcoholism and drug abuse become their norms. Daily magazine’s survey shows that more than fifteen percent of the students at the Birmingham University of the U.K engages on Facebook. The influence of such social media depends primarily on the content it exhibits. The significant impact of using Facebook is an addiction which comes with all manner of social injustices. That is when an individual will get exposed to pornographic materials that may lead to masturbation, unprotected sex, teenage pregnancy, rape and early marriages. Criminal activities such as burglaries, smuggling illegal arms and drugs, assaults leading to causes of death, were other examples the students gave as the negative influences of Facebook on them because they want to experiment on video contents posted on their accounts.

Addiction related to Facebook usage may negatively affect an individual’s moral behaviors. Many students at Birmingham University interviewed by researchers describes Facebook addiction as the principal cause of truancy amongst them. Browsing on Facebook causes distraction on an individual mind and concentration that may reduce his self-esteem causing laziness. Cyberbullying characterized by emotional distress from receiving threatening, harassing, and humiliating communication from other users can also cause a higher level of depression and anxiety from such victims.

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