Negative Effects Of Social Media On College Students


The social network has become a popular term with diverse features that allow users to connect, share and get all information quickly and effectively. Social networks have become more popular and closer to people, especially young people. The purpose of social networking is to create an Internet-based system that allows users to communicate and share information effectively. Social media can be divided into several categories to reflect the variety of social media platforms, such as collaborative project (Wikipedia), content communities (YouTube), social networking site (Twitter), and virtual game and social worlds (World of Warcraft, The Sims). Furthermore, this literature will review the study and the examination of many researchers that investigate on the social media, the impact of social media on the health of children and young people, it will be focused on the negative sides more than positive sides of social media between the age from 13 to 20 years old. In our article you can get all the information about the negative effects of social media on college students. More research is needed to identify those most at risk harm from social media and risk mitigation strategies to assist health-care professionals to provide essential education for parents and young people (Deborah Richards, 26 November 2015).

Dangers Of Social Media For College Students

Undeniably, social media is playing an important role in our daily life and the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents is using social media websites. Social networks have become more popular and closer to people and the main “target” is teenagers. The purpose of social networking is to create an Internet-based system that allows users to communicate and share information effectively, beyond geographic and time limits (Miller, 2015). Through social media, we can easily capture information from various online sources. Allows users to exchange and share information in a multidimensional way. It helps youngsters to stay connected with each other, students can use a variety of useful information for exchanging or researching. In a critical development period, youngster also go for social networking sites for advice and information or they can get the answers related to their career objectives. Social networking is changing the form and pace of contact between individuals and health organizations. For instance, social media adoption rates vary in Europe, the percentage of German hospital using social networks is in “single figures” whereas approximately 45% of Norwegian and Swedish hospitals are using Linkeln, and 22% of Norwegian hospitals use Facebook for health communication (Fox S, 2009). It can even improve our health, according to Professor Gary Small at the University of California, Los Angeles shows that the more we use and search the internet, the better our brain will get, improving the brain can easily capture information from various sources online (Prof, 2014). However, people realize that social network is also a double-edged sword and its negative effects become a thorny issue for most of us, especially teenagers.

Despite the fact that social media has a big role in nowadays world, on the other hand, various entertainment and communication and have grown exponentially in recent years (Deborah Richards, 26 November 2015). Raising awareness is important in the nature of social media sites, given that not all of them are the healthy environment for children and adolescents. The number of teenagers using social network has increased dramatically. According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day, 75% of teenagers now own cell phone, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting and 24% use them for instant messaging (O’Keeffe, 2011). Many young people always staring at their smartphone, leading them to become a social network addict when they spend most of their time in the virtual world. Several studies have illustrated that adolescents display on social media frequently includes a portrayal of risky health behaviors, such as illegal alcohol use or overuse, illicit substance use, high-risk sexual behaviors, and harmful behaviors, such as self-injury and disordered eating (Chassiakos, 2016). The open- world on social media is not always “beautiful” like people think, youngsters like to explore more about the world, getting know more people but for today it is not clear that who is the “strangers” are especially in the field of social media, young people are not only in touch with knowns friends but also unknown people through social networking sites, instant messaging, etc. The dark side of this virtual world is cyber-crime, some people use it as an effective tool for their bad purposes. It can also contain many risks that can adversely affect teenager’s life. For example, kidnapping, murder, robbery can be easily done by sharing details on social media. There are many cases registered in the police station where adults target young children and lure them into meeting them (Siddiqui, 2013). Mostly youngster waste lots of time on social sites like chatting which also effects their health. All studies say that we should not use computer as well as smartphone or any other electronic devices for more than 45 minutes and do not use the social network for more than 2 hours a day (Harrison, 2013). Many young people nowadays always staring at their smartphone, leading them to become a social network addict when they spend most of their time in the virtual world. Some useless blogs influence youth extremely that they become violent and can take some inappropriate actions.


As the internet expands social media has become the norm for each person, people are seen every day as becoming addicted to these technologies. Its effect is different on people with different fields. Social networking has improved the efficiency and pace of the student’s collaboration. Youngsters are seen in contact with these media daily. False information can lead to a failure of the education system, incorrect ads in a company affect profitability, social media can exploit society by violating the privacy of people, some pointless blogs can influence young people who can become aggressive and take inappropriate actions.