The Dangers of Social Media


Danielle Mildort

The dangers associated with social media continue to increase.

Santaluces Debate Team, Contributor

“Social media can be addicting. According to ‘more than a third of teens visit their main social networking site several times a day.”’ —Sarah, Freshman, SHS

“Social media can cause false information to spread, such as fake news or scams that appear to be legit.” —Pedro, Junior, SHS

“It can be used as a place where predators can stalk you and it is a place where people can fake their identity” —Mario, Sophomore, SHS            

“Social media can cause stress and also lower your self esteem.” —Mischa, SHS   

“Social media can cause self-image issues.” —Rianna, Sophomore, SHS

“Social media can make people feel sad or affect their self-image.” —Makayla, Junior SHS

“Social media can cause addiction” —Rachelle, Junior SHS

“Body shaming, self hate, wanting to look a certain way after seeing an Instagram model post, feeling bad about the body you were born in, wanting to change, suicide rates: all are high because of social media.” —Tcheranda, Junior SHS            

“Social Media could lead to your personal information getting stole or seen…account hacking.” —Jackson, Senior SHS  

“Hacking and cyberbullying are two of the worst things about social media. Most people used social media and and are updating their details like phone number, address, work location, and other information of their personal life, meaning there’s little to no privacy. It has also caused a decrease in face-to-face communication skills. It can ruin reputations.” —Kandaci, Junior, SHS

“Why we should stay away from social media is that it increases usage thus leading to social cyberbullying, social anxiety, depression, and exposure to content that is not age appropriate.” —Marysol, Freshman SHS      

“Because everyone has access to social media, people post all types of comments and those comments can have a negative impact on one’s mental health.” —Jessica, Senior, SHS

“It can also have a negative impact on one’s physical health because instead of going out and exercising they stay inside and on their phones.” —Jessica, Senior SHS