Alright here goes round two for Blog Post's. I found this article when I was skimming CNN today and it stood out largely in part because of how contrary it is to all other articles about how "terrible" social media is for adolescence or really for anyone. People claim its sole existence is to allow cyber-bullies a venting space, worsen kid's self-image, and create a generation that can't function without their IPhone (or Android, which ever you prefer.) Kelly Wallace, author of recent article "The upside of selfies: Social Media isn't all bad for kids." claims that social media can build self-confidence, positively affect the relationships between adolescence, and create a realm of support and an outlet to let their voices be heard. Which got me thinking, if social media was really all and all that bad, why would it still be around and be so widely used by schools, teachers, clubs, sports, or even religious groups?
I'm sure we've all fallen victim to the embarrassing Facebook selfies of our Middle School day, but I can't think of a time when I've actually been "bullied" parse on a social media site. Maybe that was just my experience but the comments by my adolescent peers were always nice and like she said built up my tween confidence. Maybe it was because I didn't accept every person that popped up on my friend request, or maybe it is because I genuinely believe that kids even if they were angry or jealous generally tried to be nice to one another. Another factor might be that their parents are also on social media sites and could see their comments if they were mean and there would be consequences. For whatever reason I agree with Kelly Wallace- as cheesy and a much as looking back to middle school makes everyone uncomfortable, social media sites really had done more good for my self-image than bad.
On Wallace's second point that social media strengthened relationships I would have to agree (to an extent) There is always that one person who is on Facebook or Twitter no matter where you are or no matter how long it's been since you've seen them, but for the most part Facebook and Twitter are open media sites that allow you to interact with people you haven't seen in a while (how I kept in touch with my best friend when she moved to Switzerland for 3 years) or to strengthen the relationships you have with the people you see frequently to comment on their pictures to keep updated with their lives or simply to give them a pick-me-up compliment on a profile picture or two.
I also believe that large issues that circulate in Social Media would otherwise be the only News adolescence receive. I grew up in a family where my father and mother would go back and forth about what was going on in the world during dinner time but when I would bring those same things up to my friends at the lunch table none of them seemed to know they even existed. Do I think news on social media sites are reliable? No. But do I think any news is better than no news? Yes! Whether it be through a comic of our political system, a pledge, or even a protest- I think in this day and age social media sites are a huge if not the only vehicle for our adolescence (whether I think it's a good or bad thing is irrelevant.)
Do you believe Social Media in Adolescence do more good than ill? Why? How has your personal experience with this topic affected your belief?
What are ways we can make Social Media News more affective or can Social Media News never be affective?