how does social media affect teens

How Does Social Media Affect Teens?

This ten year old is all about the likes.

Do you wonder how does social media affect teens? Watch this video below.
The teenage brain is a mystery that has confounded parents for generations. Everyone wants to know what exactly is going on in those heads. Fast forward to 2014, and researchers are using social media to try to tap into what they’re thinking.
“I want you to write down on your boards what is an important value to you for your future.”
This researcher went one-on-one with teenagers in Los Angeles, trying to unlock that mystery what’s important to them. What are their priorities? What did they want?
“Turn over your board and show us what it is it. What used to be teenagers number-one priority was to be part of the crowd, part of the community now it’s money and that four-letter word FAME.
Chelsea Trotty is ten and what rocks her world is this making small films and waiting for the likes from her social media friends it’s all about the likes.
“Well it feels really good to know that people appreciate my work cuz I put a lot of work into the stuff and so when they don’t like it I kind of feel bad.”
“What’s it like to be you and famous? ”
“Well it’s like everyone is like oh my gosh and you know I’ll just be really cool.”
“So they all pay attention to you.”

How much difference with these grade six kids in Canada?
Okay let’s see hands up for iPads and iPods? Who does texting? Instagram?

On Instagram people can comment like on your photos like oh you look really pretty and stuff like that. Oh yeah these kids love their likes to gives you a good feeling when someone likes the picture I like it when people like my pictures and it makes me feel really good oh ah but what about Fame? It would be awesome thank you uh-huh well I mean like everybody would know your name and stuff everyone would just be all over you yeah for your autograph that’s really hardcore shot yeah because like like who doesn’t want to be famous?
So why the change in values? Researcher mother of two teenagers says it’s no wonder it’s all around them. Television had been around you know forever it’s been around since the 50s but the major change was social media and these kids at this very young age were aware of it and they were using it and on top of it the reason we think the television shows were now communicating this concept of Fame to these kids they were just reflecting what these kids already were doing. The show she grew up with remember The Andy Griffith Show, happy days, I Love Lucy, Laverne and Shirley, they had a whole different set of values family values a sense of community not anymore. She started compare them to the shows her kids were watching this one Hannah Montana about a teenager by day famous rock star by night and then the mother of all shows about the pursuit of fame American Idol.
We look to see what were the values that were communicated in these shows and what we found was that the number one value in those shows out of a list of 16 values was Fame. And what was very interesting is that in every other decade it was number 15 or 16. Doesn’t Richard look nice tonight? That warm and fuzzy community feeling gone so it’s a complete flip complete flip and that’s not all the online world today’s teenagers are living in may bring them the fame and fortune they crave but it can also bring heartbreak and bullying. Amanda Todd rehtaeh Parsons Jamie hubely the list of victims grows the dark side of the wired world but neuro scientists in BC may have found answers in science when you’re engaged with your phone or something external these areas that are involved in daydreaming and thinking about your own thoughts and feelings shut off the answers maybe in the brain see that blue area of the brain, that’s the area that learns empathy what they found is that those areas that learn empathy are only active when you do nothing. When you daydream. And that’s something today’s teenagers don’t do. Kids are constantly engaged with their technology their phones and the internet they’re not activating these brain areas that are important for self-reflection and reflecting on other people and allowing that empathy to emerge. Do you guys daydream? Do you ever just kind of watch the clouds go by and not think about anything in particular? How much time do you think he’s been doing that daydreaming? Maybe 30 seconds a day. I’m so busy most of the time sports and organized activities that I I’m always on the go I don’t have a lot of time. And if no daydreaming means no empathy we could be developing a generation that cares less about other people.
You’re online and bullying you don’t get these cues that tell you I need to inhibit this behavior that’s having such a negative impact on another person and therefore makes it very easy for bullying to continue. But what worries parents and experts alike is how these fundamental changes to the way teenagers brains are wired. It’s going to change the way they live in their wired world.
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