The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Do you have a teenager?  Do you police their use of social media or limit how much time they spend on social sites?  We are pleased to provide this guest post by Agnes Embile Jimenez, a blogger that does work with The Family Compass

The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Whether we choose to admit it or not, social media may produce a plethora of negative effects on teenagers today. With the Internet and smart phone, they have constant access to social media networks. Although many parents dismiss their teenager’s issues as part of the adolescent stage, they need to accept the fact that their teens may be going through more than they let on. Here are a few of the possible adverse effects that social media may cause on teens.


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Covetousness and Greed

Randy is a teen from an upper-middle class family. He constantly uploads a photo of his new acquisitions online for the world to see. Mike is from a low class neighborhood. He follows Randy’s blog and looks up to him. He is bombarded daily by all the nice things that Randy has. These are things that he cannot afford, and he knows that his parents have other things to worry about.  He is apprehended leaving a store one week later trying to steal a pair of shoes just like the ones Randy has.

While some teens may not do what Mike does, they see other teenagers who have more. This creates a sense of dissatisfaction in them. They are less likely to talk about it to their parents unless the topic is brought up.

Negative Influence

Kim watched her favorite reality show on TV. The lead character is promiscuous, catty and prone to violent temper tantrums. She does scandalous things on the show and dresses fashionably. Kim idolizes her and tries to emulate the character’s fashion sense and behavior. She gets suspended from school for starting a fight with another girl over a guy.

Some teens may think that certain behavior is acceptable because they see it on reality shows. They tend to follow what their favorite TV personality does. They fail to realize that these shows are scripted. Unfortunately, many do not realize it until it is too late.


Marcy wants to be a model when she grows up. She is conscious of her fitness and tries to remain slender like the models she idolizes. She looks for tips online about how to stay thin. Marcy read about eating disorders and decided to become anorexic. A year later, she looks so emaciated and week. Her family tries to get her to see a counselor, but she refuses.

Many girls forget that their favorite celebrities have personal trainers and that most of their figures are airbrushed to perfection. They take on drastic measures to look like the girls they see on social media sites. Bulimia and anorexia are eating disorders that require intense counseling. Many parents may not be aware that their child has an eating disorder until it is too late.

While social media has many positive effects, it is important to be wary about what your teens have access to. Being a parent to a teenager might be a daunting task. However, with access to sites like The Family Compass – helping Teens find their way is easier than it was before.



  1. one positive thing I can point out about social media is information. another thing with regards to self-esteem is FB likes can increase your self-esteem. :))

  2. Anjo Bacarisas says:

    one positive thing I can point out about social media is information. another thing with regards to self-esteem is FB likes can increase your self-esteem. :))

  3. This is the worst post ive read, seriusly no1 posts everything he owns on FB never seen in the 4 years ive been online and i know alot of rich 8==>’s. Actors ave nothing to do with social media, ban magazines cause they ave thin woman in them. This is a bunch of bsAnom

  4. and I bet all 3 of those teens in the pic has FB, and none of them is stealing shoes or refusing to eat

  5. Teens spend more time on social media than they do studying and doing homework. Priorities like schoolwork and homework are pushed to lower priorities because of social media. Social media in my opinion is a negative effect on teens.

  6. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">I agree. Given the choice, teens will play on social media before doing schoolwork. I believe being a parent is harder now than ever; more distractions and opportunities for teens to play instead of studying. &nbsp;Thank you for your comments!<div><br></div><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  7. Yes now at days parents do do anything no discipline or nothing. and your welcome

  8. John Lusher says:

    <html><head><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></head><body dir="auto"><div>Indeed!! &nbsp;:)<br><br><div><br></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.292969); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);"><br></span></div></div><div><br></div></body></html>

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