Social media is used to describe the interaction between groups or individuals in which they produce, share, and sometimes exchange ideas over the internet. The impact of social networks on young people are significant. Children are growing up surrounded by mobile devices and interactive social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram which has made the social media a daily aspect of their life. Social Media has made a huge impact on the youth today and how children behave in their day to day lives. And I’ll be explaining its impact on youth, and how it can be used for the good, or the bad. Now to start off, what is social media and why is the youth today obsessed with it. Now social media is forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos). Now what makes the youth so obsessed with it? It’s all because of ONE thing, the life they live online, IS what they think is real life. It’s not just teens being on social media instead of living their lives. It’s just that social media is their first-hand tool for communicating, sharing, and all other things they do as they grow into young adults. Now just hold on and think about it, remember when the cordless phone became a household item? Yeah, teens spent hours in their rooms talking to their friends and we wonder why? Well it’s the same reason teens today use social media. It really lets them maintain their relationships, even if they can’t hang out in person. So really, social media is like a tool to communicate with others, to see their updates, and keep in touch in real time. And really, Due to the fact that technology over the past years have grown so fast, it’s only getting more and more a common thing. Now let’s start off with the positive side of social media, One may ask how spending all that time on the social media sites may have a positive impact on them. Well, social media helps the youth and any other user updated with what is happening around the world, help the teenagers stay connected and interact with each other even if they are many miles apart. This strengthens their relationship even if they finished school and moved to different locations they stay connected and update one another. In addition, social media sites have provided a platform whereby the youth can create groups and pages based on their common interests and end up building connections and opportunities for their careers. Youth who have been interviewed they say that social media has become their lifestyle and it makes their lives easier and efficient. And really, it opens many opportunities for advertising and even you can make money from being a YouTube star. Now the negative side of social media really seems to overpower the positive side, while on one hand social network sites seems to bring people together and connected on the other hand it creates social isolation. As the youth tend to spend many hours on these sites, they rarely have face-to-face interaction. According various studies, scientists’ evaluation determined that social isolation can lead to a host of emotional, psychological, physical and mental problems which include anxiety, and depression. And that’s not just it, social media opens so many opportunities for bullying, thousands, if not millions of teenagers suicide each year due to cyber bullying. And the thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way, but the reason why cyber bullying is bigger than just regular bullying is because your hiding behind a screen and you will most likely get away with it. And another thing is social media sets horrible role models, like these celebrities sing songs about drugs and sex all the time and yet get paid millions, And we have this teenagers thinking that they will become just like them by doing drugs and having sex because according to social media it’s “cool”, and really teenagers wanna have self-worth, they wanna be something in this world, they wanna fit in, and that’s why they do this kind of stuff, just for the sake being on the same boat as everyone else. And that’s not just it, we now have this “perfect body” bounded to ourselves, the youth nowadays compare themselves to these “perfect bodies” and really if you google “perfect body”, I bet you any money, you will most likely find a bunch of over sexualized people half naked, perfect skin, with large breasts or six pack abs. And really, it’s mostly photoshopped, but teenagers want to have bodies like those so they can be likeable, so they just try their best to be like that, but the thing is, the age teenagers start comparing themselves is when they start going through puberty which is a HUGE impact because puberty really screws your appearance up, and really, it’s just bad and adds oil to the flame. And really, teenage years are pretty tough for some, and anxiety, depression, mood swings, body changes, all of this stuff just factors in and creates a huge cluster of chaos. So social media can either be a good or bad thing, to the youth and their mental health. Now I’m a person with thick skin, I can slide off almost anything without becoming suicidal or stressed, and really, being mentally tough is something most teenagers need, especially due to this day and age with all this pressure. And not that many people have the gift as I do, like this one girl poisoned her mom because she took away her phone, and then there is this other girl who killed herself because someone called her “ugly”. And, taking an example, almost everyone in my class has Instagram, and do I feel like I’m missing out? My answer is NO. And that’s because I’m open minded about and really, does it really matter if people like or comment my photos? My photos on Facebook is something for my friends and family to see, not for some bunch of random strangers. And people really make fun of how many friends/followers you have, but really a true, loving, loyal, and caring friend is worth more than a Million followers just there to shove their nose into your business and try to compare themselves from you. And social media really influences the youth a lot, like this timberland, celebrities, fidget spinners, and gangster stuff is really all from social media and if your wondering about the hairline trend, that’s ALL from social media. And now my classmates act like gangsters and if they don’t then they get made fun of and really, very few kids are smart enough not to fall into that, it’s just amusing how this stuff can be sinked into peoples head, even my classmates. Like literally, if this is how the future generation is gonna be like, then there is no hope for the future, like I feel alone on this one, and no I don’t feel alone cause I’m missing out, I feel alone cause I’m the only guy who understands this. I don’t get the mentality of some people, they think that life is all about likes and what other people think, like seriously, a Facebook friend is somebody you talk to and enjoy time with, not just to be kept there as a popularity status. And speaking of fitting in, look at all these teenagers gathering around Jake Pauls house, these teenagers think this guy is cool and really, I don’t know much about Jake cause I have better things to do than watch some rich kid film dead body’s but really, THAT’S YOUR ROLE MODEL? And social media is now becoming a status war zone, rather than a tool to communicate, and what I mean by a status warzone, rather than talking to friends, people now use it for trends, likes, comments, and if not received, they will get suicidal and think they are no worth to society. social media sites can make us not only more capable but also more retarded. We sometimes share too much with too many, and we have to be conscious of that. Overall, we have to be careful and caution when approaching these things. In this day and age, we are pressured different ways as far as our beliefs and opinions are concerned. Are having our own thoughts or are we so influenced that we believe everything we see online?In many cases it is clear that social media have become not only part of people’s lives but the things their lives revolve around. We see people checking smartphones every two minutes, looking for the latest tweet or status update. It’s important yet difficult to retain the attitude that these sites may be useful, but that’s all they are tools, not lifestyles. And that to be wary that the youth can be easily influenced and tricked into doing the wrong. And really, a young mind isn’t ready for the adult world. And to prevent further damage to the youth’s mental health, we need our more restrictions, and better parenting. The world is a much darker place than you think it is, and that you have to be guided in order to get past it, and to not fall into the wrong path, cause if you do, that’s when you raise hell for yourself, AND only yourself. So to have my final word before we head on to the conclusion, social media is a tool and should NEVER be a lifestyle. It took a massive blow to our youth today and their mental health, and that it’s a decision to make it a good thing, or a bad thing. As the youth today looks up to people as role models and mostly celebrities, if we keep going the wrong path and thing social media is a lifestyle, rather than a tool to communicate, then that’s when we should be concerned and there are numerous cases of social media taking mental effect on teenagers every day. It’s bad enough that many kids online become victims of negative comments and cyber bullying and that they suicide, and that we need to teach these kids how to use social media PROPERLLY and to use it as a TOOL, not a life to live by. And that we need to teach future generations that social media should be between you, your friends, and your family, and that it should have nothing to do with any other stranger. Social media is just like a drug, if you use it right, then your good (aka news, relatives, etc), but if you abuse it and use it wrongly (strangers, peer pressure, wrong role models), then that’s when it’s a problem. And to keep in mind, it’s the people that make social media bad, not the twitter or Facebook itself. So feel free to use social media, as long as you don’t run into the wrong path. And that it doesn’t have to impact your mental health, look at me, I use Facebook, but I’m 100% fine cause I used it how it’s supposed to be used, and I don’t compare myself to others because I know the difference between reality, and fake. In conclusion, it is very clear that whatever is presented in the media is highly influential in the life of any normal teenager. This great pull of media is very worrying because it seems that even with the continuing development of technology it is not bound to end soon. In any case, the people regulating the use of media should come up with strict laws that are likely to regulate the airing of some information on the media so that the problem that the teenagers have to go through is done with finally. Teenagers did not bring up this menace on themselves and so, even though it does not seem to end, in the near future, strict measures should be employed. There is a need to have a some sort of control of the kind of information that is accessible to teenagers, and that Social media, can either be a positive impact, or a negative impact on your mental health, it’s your choice of how you want to use it.