Young people and social networking sites

Within the wide world of the Internet, social networking sites are important because they are network services whose goal is communication and interpersonal relationships. These channels allow you to share your moments of life with other people. Among the most used social networks are Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. TikTok is also very popular among teenagers.

These means of communication have a social purpose but they can become very dangerous tools as in the case of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying implemented through digital technologies, with acts of bullying and offenses by a person or a group towards a victim. Bullies act in reality; cyberbullies, on the other hand, act online, behind a screen.

Another danger that comes from excessive use of the internet is social media addiction. Nowadays, especially during the period of Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in social distancing and a much greater use of social networks in order to stay in touch with family and friends. However, many users have become addicted to social networking sites in an excessive way, devoting too much time and effort to social media. Therefore, it is common for many teenagers to replace reality with virtual life. This can also affect our brain, creating psychological dependency.

In conclusion, I think a responsible use of digital technologies is necessary in order not to face the dangers of the Net and social networking sites.

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Giorgia Di Natale