Think back to a time without social media outlets... It seems like so long ago, doesn't it? Can you imagine growing up today and being a teenager in High School with all the ways you could be popular or not popular on the Web. In one online article Facebook was compared to the Burn Book in the movie "Mean Girls". It can be used for good and bad and people can write some terrible things that are broadcast to a large group of your peers. It was bad enough back in the day being made fun of in school by a person live, but imagine this also being done over the web. Also with all the camera phones out there, how embarassing would it be to have someone post an unflattering picture of you and tag you. Granted you can untag yourself, but at that point it is too late, it is out there.
Then as far as relationships go, think of how detrimental this could be. After a breakup your boyfriend/girlfriend could post some horrible or personal things about you. Did you know that Facebook actually contributes to Divorce. From ZDNet it is cited that Facebook is blamed in 1 out of 5 divorces.
Our kids will not know what it was like to type a book report on a typewriter, or if you were lucky a Word Processor. They will never know of a time when you fall out of touch with people.
Call me old fashioned, but in some ways I think we were better off. We only had the pressures of live interaction and not so many other media sources to make our youth stressful.
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