“Is social media a good thing for young people?”

“Is social media a good thing for young people?”
The Social media craze has taken the 21st century by storm. It has been attributed to technological upsurge and data management emancipation to the world at large. Unlike previous years, a young child of 2 to 5 years is already exposed to technological gadgets that have unlimited access to the internet. As a result, the internet has been a necessary evil to social media, the main Avenues upon which social media has been orchestrated. Some of main social media platforms are; Facebook, Instagram, twitter and Snapchat among others. Social media is both a virtue and vice generator. The debate on whether social media is a good thing for young people is important as it influences their behavior and lifestyles.
Research carried out by Bolton (2013), social media has showed that around 2.4 billion people are connected and will upsurge to 2.77 billion by 2019. By and large this emphasizes the importance of social media to the human race. Young people are able to access several benefits from using social media platforms. Some of them include connections and networking (Bolton, p.246). They are able to keep in touch with their friends, relatives and even mentors thanks to social media connectivity. On the same instance, they are able to get mentorship opportunities and opportunities like education facilities and jobs through networking. LinkedIn is the major avenue for such model of networking.
Another major factor of positive social media impact to young people is exposure to new ways of life, cultural dynamics and new places among others. Each of this items aids in molding the perspectives of an individual at a young age (Lenhart). Therefore, it works to shape the viewpoint of an individual at a young age which may help one mingle with people much better in future. One is also able to share his good cultural aspects to his friends or followers on social media. Ultimately, this contributes positively to the world integration.
Unfortunately, social media has formed a platform for vices to be orchestrated on young people with huge or detrimental effects. Cyber bullying, privacy infringement, and moral decadency form the main vices brought about by social media. Around the world, there has been several case of cyber bullying where individuals use both real and anonymous identification to attack or settle score with individual. The population of young people is made of the age-limit 1 to 18 years. Taking that into account, this people can easily be affected mentally by the world around them due to inexperience and adolescent. The other factor of privacy is contributed through sharing of material, personal details and photos. It also creates an avenue for hacking, pedophiles target, and other infringement (Jandric p.160).
In the end, social media platforms provides for sharing materials that contributes to moral decadency at large (Sago). A lot of exposure of nudity at a young age, foul language, exposure to cults, and time wastage due to long hours of browsing. The end product is young people being intoxicated with a lot of harmful information that shape them to view the world differently from the norm.
In conclusion, social is a storm that not affects the world at large. Even the young are not spared. From the above argument, it is evident that it has both positive and negative effects to the young people. As a result, necessary measures should be employed to mitigate the impact of social media on young people.

Works cited
Bolton, Ruth N., et al. “Understanding Generation Y and their use of social media: a review and research agenda.” Journal of Service Management 24.3 (2013): 245-267.
Jandric, Petar. “Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy is Made by Walking: In a World Where Many Worlds CoExist.” Learning in the Age of Digital Reason. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2017. 159-193.
Lenhart, Amanda, et al. “Social Media & Mobile Internet Use among Teens and Young Adults. Millennials.” Pew internet & American life project (2010).
Sago, Brad. “The Influence of Social Media Message Sources on Millennial Generation Consumers.” International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications 2.2 (2010).