Debbie Katz Free Spirit
@debkatz78 · Posted 08 Jan. 2022
I see the trends and everything happening on Tiktok. I am always reading about horrible things people are doing (mostly teens) and how attention-seeking many kids have become today. They get hooked on likes, shares, and interactions. I feel like this can't be good for kids. Do you think Tiktok (as well as other social platforms) are bad for teens to grow up engulfed in?
@Osheen.Sharma · Posted 10 Jan. 2022
Thank you for this question because this is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. If I were to answer it from the perspective of teenage me, I'd say absolutely not. I personally had a good social media experience and it helped me learn new things about the world and grow. I still feel like social media has the potential to be a force of positivity as it can expose people to more than what their surroundings allow. It has the possibility of providing people with the global experience.
True as all that is, as an older person my response is a lot less one sided. Social media can be great for the youth but it all depends on how you use it. It is definitely important to regulate the content that young people consume. As you've mentioned, the whole concept of likes and views is making people seek external validation and leading them to feel unhappy with themselves. There is also the issue of factchecking on social media; there is a lot of misinformation online that even grown adults have trouble identifying the real among the fake pieces online.
So my conclusion here is that there is no straightforward answer to this question. Social media can be both good and bad for teenagers and the rest of us too. It is a matter of how you use social media and whether or not you're able to separate your reality from your social media presence.