Social media effects on teens


Jesslon Wiggins, BHS Journalism

Do you think teens spend too much time on social media? 

Social media has more of a negative impact on teens than it does a positive impact.

Teens are much more likely to have depression or lower self esteem due to social media. 

According to, “The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness.” 

Social media is a very big distraction to teens. Teens are constantly checking their phones and letting it distract them from school and their family. Many teens become addicted to social media.

Social media has made it easier for people to be cruel to one another. Teens are now capable of saying harsh comments to a person through social media, comments they would never say in person or to their face. 

Many girls will see a picture that a friend or classmate posted, typically another girl and they bring themselves down because they aren’t as pretty. 

According to, “Girls are socialized more to compare themselves to other people, girls in particular, to develop their identities, so it makes them more vulnerable to the downside of all this.”

With social media around, people aren’t ever actually alone. Whatever they post can be seen by so many people. Teens update their status with very personal information for the world to see. 

Social media has brought too many teens down and caused too much depression. Social media has a very negative effect on teens and we spend too much time on social media.