By Stephanie Wang – 11th Grade, Peters Township High School
Chances are, if you’re a teenager, you have at least one social media account. I know that I myself have a fair share of social media accounts. Social media has become a dominating force in our social structure– we need likes for self-validation and retweets to feel relatable. We paint deceiving pictures of our lives on social media, just to give the impression that we actually have a life. There’s this culture of “pics-or-not-real,” that is so prevalent, that you feel like you need to take a picture of the most mundane things; whether it’s you and your friend hanging or what you had for breakfast. Social media can be innocent, but it can also ruin friendships or careers. I think we’ve all heard at least once in our lives to watch what we post on social media, and yet, many teenagers and adults still don’t understand the implications of what a post or a picture could have on their future.
I’m not saying that there are zero benefits to having a social media account– at the core of it, social media does allow us to connect with friends, family, and the world– only that we, as a society, need to analyze whether the benefits of social media outweigh the harms.
Stephanie Wang, a junior at Peters Township High School, is an avid writer and food enthusiast. Her writing has been featured onThe Almanac’s Youth Page, and she is currently the editor of Business Funnel.