SOCIAL NETWORK IMPACT ON YOUTH
Online social media have 0) __________ astounding worldwide growth and popularity which has led to attracting attention from variety of researchers globally. 1) __________ with time all generations have come to embrace the changes social networks have brought about, teenagers and young adults are the most fanatic users of these sites. According to various research studies in the field of online social networks, it has 2) __________ revealed that these sites are greatly impacting young people’s lives. Using sites such as Twitter, Facebook or MySpace has both positive and negative effects on young adults.
It is inevitable to ignore the fact that nowadays social networks 3) __________ an essential role in teenagers’ lives. Most of them are spending at 4) ____________________ onehour on these popular social media sites. Generally, 1 5) __________ 7 minutes which are spent online by most of those who can access the Internet is spent on Facebook according to Shea Bennett. One may ask how spending all that time on social media sites may have a positive impact on them. Well, social media helps young people and any 6) __________ user to be updated with what is happening around the world. It helps teenagers to stay connected and interact with each other even if they are many miles apart. This 7) __________ their relationship even if they finished school and moved to different locations: they stay connected and update one another.
In addition, social media sites have provided a platform where young adults can create groups and pages based on their common discipline. This way they end up building connections and opportunities for their respective 8) __________ by updating various topics to discuss. The people who have been interviewed say that social media have turned into their lifestyle and have made their lives easier and more efficient.
While, on one 9) __________, social network sites seem to bring people together and stay connected, on the other, they create social isolation as BBC News reports. As young people tend to spend many hours 10) __________ these sites, they rarely have face-to-face interaction. According to various studies, scientists have determined that social isolation can lead to a host of emotional, psychological, physical and mental problems which include anxiety, depression and somatic complaints 11) __________ many others.
Some people have suggested that some negative effects of social networking include encouraging poor spelling and grammar, exposing the underage to online predators, allowing spread of misinformation perceived as fact. These negative effects also decrease productivity, as those who are supposed to be working spend their time chatting, and increase risks of identity theft and cyber bullying, when people give too much personal information online.
Social networking clearly portrays both positive and negative effects on young people. It is up to each and everyone of us to decide 12. __________ to continue using these sites or not.
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