Social media has become increasingly provocative in Australia because of its popularity to young Australians. This essay will show that the effects of the social media are beneficial to young Australians. It will show this by examining the concern of relationship, cyber bullying and mental illness on young Australians. It will also show that the benefits of popularity of social media far outweigh the challenges.
Firstly, social media is beneficial to the relationships of young Australians to other people. Because social media is the easiest way to interact with other people it improves relationship with buddies and boost companionships (Bourgeois, Bower, & Carroll, 2014, p.171). It also helps on having a closer bond between companions and acquaintances by sharing difficulties with each other. In addition, relationships can be benefits to young people who transfer from one place to another and want to retain attachment and gain new acquaintances simultaneously (Collin, Rahilly, Richardson, & Third, 2011, p.17). Further, (Subrahmanyam & Greenfield, 2008) claims that social media ensure a contented connection for those young ones that are not at ease on having groups in person. This indicates that social media creates a long lasting and steady relationship for young people.
However, social media has become increasingly controversial because of the issues of cyber bullying amongst young Australians. For instance, Pangrazio (2013, p.45) reports says, young people are the ones who are being affected with this online bullying. This matter affects one’s confidence and progression. Yet, evidence reported by Hinduja and Patchin (2011), revealed that mostly people who knew each other are the ones who are involved in this harassment. However, it is also revealed that bullying starts offline and being aimed online (AAP, 2011; Paul, 2012; Willard, 2007). The negative features and difficulties of social media to racial discrimination is usually the main distress of the people in Victoria, Australia (Rice, Haynes, Royce, & Thompson, 2016, p.13. Furthermore, body and image shaming are also one of concerned for those who are connected online because of the large numbers of viewers on social media (Flaxman, Skattebol, Bedford, & Valentine, 2012, p.67). This shows that social media is a huge source on humiliating and shaming other young people.
Finally, young people who struggle with mental illness issues benefits through social media support. An evidence supported by (Collin, Rahilly, Richardson, & Third, 2011, p.7) clearly states that young people ensure to easily overcome stress and depression through the comfort of friends and families by means of SNS (social networking services). Furthermore, because social media has a lot of information to offered, young ones with mental illness will be benefit with that matters. They can clearly search online on the information related to one’s mental illness (Wong, Merchant, & Moreno, 2014, p.221). In addition, (Third & Richardson, 2009) revealed that young ones with illness gained comfort with other people. This indicates that online social support helps young people on coping on mental illness.
Summing up, it is quite clear to conclude that popularity of social media benefits young Australians, despite its negative aspects to the bullying. In the majority cases that factor influencing the young one’s such as a positive aspect of relationship that provides stable bond for young Australians. In contrast which provides young people to bully and shaming other through social media. Finally, for mental illness it provides possible cure information. Without the help of this social media, an easy long-distance connection and an easy information worldwide will be unable. Furthermore, it will be hard to achieve a flexible life for young Australians.
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