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How Media Affects Our Lives

Updated on May 19, 2017

In older times, people used to spend their free time with their family, friends or by doing some physical activities. Like, playing some sort of game, reading, and writing etc. Earlier kids love to hear interesting stories from their grandparents about their personal experiences. Children used to be a helping hand to their families. They were obedient to their elders.

But, with the rapid growth in the field of internet, television. telephone industries, People have started spending most of their time using these devices. We start feeling helpless and anxious if do not find our phone around us. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are playing a huge role in distracting the young minds. Moreover, the education system these days are Media-Centric. Which means the mode of teaching in most of the educational institutions is through using media. So, due to this kids develop the habit of using media from an early age. Researchers have proved that using social media leave a severe impact on the mental health of children. Some of the most common impacts of using social media in our lives are as follows.

Cyber Bullying

Many young people fall prey to the cyber bullying. As its very east to befool somebody by using social media sites. One can easily hide their true identity here and can harass anyone who appears weaker to them.

Cyber Bullying

Depression

Psychologists call it "internet addiction" where people have less sleep due to excessive use of internet which further causes depression. The other important cause is, people try to envy others life when they see their friends updating new and exciting things about their lives. This makes them feel pity for themselves and makes them depressed.

Depression

Unethical Conduct

Spending less time with families resulting in loss of moral values among children. Now they don't obey their elders. They don't know how to behave in front of their elders and to give love and affection to the young ones.

Unethical Conduct

Information leak

The personal information we share on social networking sites, such as Facebook, twitter, and Instagram can easily be copied or downloaded by other people even after applying security settings on them.

Information leak

Contrary to this, there are some positive effects also of using social media and the internet:

Better IQ

Children have better IQ now because of Media-Centric learning. Now they can have each and every information through the internet. Plus it's available 24 by 7. Now we need not spend a lot of money buying expensive books, nor we need to wait for our desired copy of notes from some library.

Better IQ

Better Communication

Now we can connect with other people easily. The Internet has shortened the distance between different cultures. Now we can send instant messages to our near and dear ones. Can see them through video chat.

Better Communication

Voice Against Social Issues

One can raise the voice against social issues through media. Which can prove a helping hand to curb these issues from the society? We can make it the voice of people by using social networking sites.

Voice Against Social Issues

Hassle Free

Now we can do all our works by using the internet. Right from booking tickets for a movie/bus/train or plane, shopping for groceries, clothing, accessories, submitting our electricity/water bills. No need to wait in long ques and wait for our turn, we can do all these things in the comfort of our homes with just a single click.

Hassle Free

Job Prospects

Numerous job opportunities have come up with the growth of internet and media. Various jobs for app developers, testers, bloggers have introduced. Not only jobs but it is a great platform to boost one's business.

Job Prospects

To conclude with, I want to say that, the excess of everything is bad. Above we have discussed some side effects of using internet or media. Though it has some benefits as well. I suggest all the parents out there to guide their children right. They should have a check on their kids. Parents should know that which app is useful for the mental growth of their kids and which is not. Also, there should be some time fixed to use the internet. So, they can spend some quality time with their families and can learn some good traits.

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