Herald homework: Social media is a plague on society

Social media is a black plague that has tormented victim after victim. Initially, it was designed to be a fun entertainment experience, but social media is threatening the safety of users. “68 percent of social media users share their birth date publicly, 63 percent share their high school name, 18 percent share their phone number.”

Someone could be put into debt if a hacker stole their identity and used their credit card. Likewise, more and more teenagers are sacrificing their grades to be on social media. “Students who use social media had an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82.” This is a problem for high schoolers, because colleges look at GPA when deciding who to accept.

Additionally, social media addiction causes people to be lonely. At UCLA’s brain-mapping center, scientists found out that every time someone gets a “like,” the reward center of the brain is activated so the person feels that people like them. Social media tricks people into feeling a fake sense of happiness when they are actually lonely due to the lack of face-to-face communication.

Some claim that social media is helpful because it provides quick, reliable sources to get breaking news. “News outlets can share breaking stories, alerts and other important bits of news instantly with followers.” However, disinformation (fake news) of social media is just as easily spread as real information. To sum it up, society needs to banish the social media plague from the world.”

Kavi P.

sixth grade

Mill Creek

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