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How can teenagers use SNS wisely?

By Ra Hee-su (Cheong-ju Daesun | 기사입력 2022/07/21 [11:20]

How can teenagers use SNS wisely?

By Ra Hee-su (Cheong-ju Daesun | 입력 : 2022/07/21 [11:20]



As you all know, SNS has been deeply entrenched into our daily life. It has both strengths and weaknesses. Then, why do adults insist that they should restrict teenagers’ SNS usage? The following reasons might be the why. 

 

1. SNS addiction

  Using SNS services all the time causes SNS addiction. A survey said that 54.7% of teenagers use SNS over ten times a day, and 19.3% of them spend over 5 hours of SNS usage. Also, Liza Kindred, an author, speaker, and the founder of Mindful Technology said, “Phones and apps were originally designed for addiction and are not neutral technologies. Some people are studying how to let you look at the screen longer.”

 

2. Negative effects on mental health 

As can be seen from the newly coined term “KaFaIn (Kakao Story, Facebook, Instagram) depression,” a strange phenomenon is occurring, in which people feel relatively deprived and lost while looking at other people’s posts. Because teenagers have low self-control, they are more likely to feel depressed and can’t escape from it. Moreover, according to a three-year continuous study by the U.S. JMMA, there is an experimental result that the mental health risk of students using SNS for more than six hours a day increases by 78%. 

 

3. Disconnection with real world 

In a survey of teenagers conducted by the online marketing company “Reboot Online,” 93% of them ranked friends on social media (Facebook) as most important, and 47% said real friends were the least important. In addition, 67% of the teenagers surveyed chose “I would rather chat with Internet friends than play with real friends.”

 

However, in spite of these problems, it is difficult to say “never use it.” SNS is also a channel for communication among teenagers and makes them feel a sense of belonging. 

Then, what should we do to use SNS properly? 

 

First, set the time of use. Setting usage times helps us not to spend time on useless contacts. Second. don’t compare yourself with others. Comparing is meaningless because you are not like others. Third, recognize that it is a means, not an end. We should recognize that SNS is a means of contact or pleasure, and should not be viewed as a purpose. 

 

The use of SNS is not the only cause of young people’s problems but many of their problems can be caused by not utilizing the advantages of SNS. Why don’t we all use SNS in a good way and enjoy its advantages?

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