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2017-10-20 17:15
By Grace Oh 



Comparison

On a Friday evening, in the middle of writing my English essay, I felt tired and a few seconds later I found myself scrolling through Instagram. I came across a picture of a teenage girl posing on a beach in Hawaii. A trendy teal swimsuit revealed her skinny waist and legs that seemed twice as long as mine. Her face showed no acne and her wavy blonde hair reminded me of Goldilocks. I sighed, “Why couldn’t I have such a body? What am I doing at home on Friday evening? How come I can’t have fun on the beach?” On that evening, I thought about the impact of social media. Even though it offered me many ways to learn and enjoy myself, social media has damaged me in many ways. It made me compare myself with others, unnecessarily, and left me unsatisfied with my life. The problem is that I am not alone.

A CNN survey of 13-year olds stated, “People who checked Facebook or other networking sites between 50 and 100 times a day were 37% more distressed than those who checked just a few times a day.” Many of my friends told me their desires to be as gorgeous or popular as the girls on their social media. While having lunch with my friend, I talked about my excitement in getting a driver’s license. As the topic of our dream cars arose, my friend pulled out her phone and brought up a post that showed a girl behind the wheel of a black Range Rover. My friend said, “Look at how perfect this girl is, she got this car for her 16th birthday.” Browsing her pictures on Instagram, my friend and I shared the same feeling: We wished we had a more privileged life.

Distraction

Every time I did my homework, I would place my phone right next to me, and immediately grab it when it lit up with text messages or Snapchats from my friends. Without even knowing it, I had wasted precious time on my phone when I could have been productive with schoolwork. Even worse, I took my phone to bed with me, and checked it multiple times before I went to sleep causing me to stay up way later than I should. Was it a sign of addiction? In fact, 92% of teens go online daily and 59% of parents feel that their children are addicted to their phones. Social media creators, I believe, know teens’ desires. Nevertheless, I cannot blame them. For we teenagers naturally want to find out what our friends are up to, what the newest trends are, and the latest entertainment.

Cyberbullying

Before social media, bullying could only have happened face to face, but now we are experiencing a wider range of bullying. For instance, one of my friends who had the best phone camera took numerous pictures when a group of friends got together. After hanging out, the picture taker created a group chat and sent all the pictures to everyone in the group except to two girls she disliked. Those two girls later found that the picture taker purposely excluded them, leading them to feel hurt and confused. Just one click can ruin someone’s day. Unlike traditional bullying, which could be stopped once the person got home, cyberbullying can follow the person as long as they use social media. Children are becoming less conscious of their actions and words because social media has created a place where people can say whatever they feel without harsh consequences.

Although the use of social media is our personal right and responsibility, I wish schools would offer a mandatory class to teach students the dangers of social media and offer us guidelines to deal with the danger.

 

Grace Oh (Grace27sw.oh@gmail.com) is a 9th grade student at International School in Bellevue, Washington, USA.

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