How Social Media Affects Young People
Social media has many pros and cons. It can be used for both good and bad purposes. Here are some things to consider if you are considering getting social media
Social media can be a big time-waster. It’s easy to accidentally spend much more time than planned just scrolling through friend’s posts and stories online. You sit down to relax for a few minutes, and before you know it, half an hour or more has passed! Not only does this waste a lot of valuable time, it also leads to depression. There are some times when it’s ok to spend some extra time online, but most of the time we should be very mindful of the time we spend on social media. If it is a struggle for you, it may help to put offending apps on a timer, so that they automatically close down after a certain amount of time.
It can take the focus off of more important things. This relates to the first point – spending too much time on social media distracts us from the important things in life. How often do we unthinkingly prioritize media over spending time with God and with our families? It can happen all too easily, without us even realizing it. That is why we need to be very aware of the amount of time we are spending online, and how much importance it has in our lives.
The internet presents unrealistic lifestyles. The photos that we see on social media are often pictures that have been carefully staged and edited to look their absolute best. That is fine, but we need to be aware of it! We frequently assume that is how their everyday life looks like. A pang of envy enters our hearts when we realize that we could never have our lives quite as put together as random-internet-lady, with her clean house and perfectly behaved children. Do not get caught up comparing yourself to things you see on the internet. It’s not real!
It opens up the door to dangerous or unhealthy relationships. While good, lasting friendships can absolutely be formed online, there is a danger if we are not careful. There are predators online who want to trick you into trusting them and take advantage of you. As long as you are careful and don’t talk to, or share too much with suspicious strangers, the danger is minimal. Be wise about who you decide to spend time talking to over the internet. Because it’s online, anything that can be faked.
All of this to say, social media is by no means all bad! It can still be used for God’s glory and edification. God’s Word can be shared and an example of Christ’s love can be shown. It is great for keeping in touch with friends and new friends (carefully!). It can be used to encourage and inspire others, and share your life with others. When used wisely, social media can be good, useful and fun. When used carelessly, it can be dangerous in many regards. Be sure that all you do is done for the glory of God!
I enjoyed writing this essay! The topic was suggested by a friend of mine, and I thought it would be a good thing to write about. I have Instagram, and I love it and have had good experiences with it, but I want to be aware of the potential dangers of social media.
Love, Rosy ❤️
Do you have any social media? What do you think about it?