The negative effect that social media has on the youth is growing every day. Everyday social media lowers a teenagers self-confidence. Teens today are more focused on social media than their school work or future. Online predators are all over social media looking for their next victim. Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook can cause teens to fall into these negative situations. Here are some of the reasons why I think social media has harmful effects on today’s youth. First off, social media can lower an abundant amount of teens self-confidence. One example of this is cyberbullying. Teens can post anything to the public to damage one’s self-confidence. All that can be done once posted is reporting it which may not even work. According to the article “Cyberbullying and Bullying Statistics 2014, Finally!” from the website www.nobullying.com young people are found to be twice as likely to be cyberbullied on Facebook as on any other social networking site. Yet, parents and adults have Facebook more than any other social media site. These hate posts can be harmful, embarrassing, harassing, or even threatening to cause teens to feel extremely uncomfortable. If society would stop posting hate on the internet towards different people then others could feel more comfortable around each other. In addition to cyberbullying, social media puts students at risk. In the article “10 Pros and Cons of Social Media” on the website www.toptensocialmedia.com it states that students who spend more time on social media have lower academic grades. Social media also can affect a student’s homework and study time. A large number of students at home are trying to work on school related assignments, but are becoming too distracted by their phones buzzing or having the urge to check their social media apps. Social media is just becoming a great distraction to plenty of today’s teens. Most importantly, social media is harmful because of its online predators. According to the article, “Online Predators Statistics” on www.puresight.com it states that 75% of teens are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services. Once a teenager makes any account online it is free to the public unless the app provides an optional private account setting. Stalkers can collect pictures, information, and even your location just by viewing your posts. They can later use that information to find where you are so that they can potentially harm you. Surely now you can see that by being aware of what you share with others can keep you from being attacked by strangers. However, social media does have its benefits. Social media allows people to improve relationships and make new friends that they might not be able to make in person. For example, the article “30 Statistics about Teens and Social Networking” from the website www.toptenreviews.com says that 58% of teens send text messages through social media. But, the article “10 Pros and Cons of Social Media” on the website www.toptensocialmedia.com says that then leads to less face to face communication and puts many people behind screens, which isn’t so great either. This can cancel out that good con of meeting others. If this continues, in the future teens will only experience little face to face conversations with others. As you can see, social media leads to multiple negative situations. Beginning with lowering a teens self confidence. Then leading to a significant amount of cyber bullying. Finally having many online predators surrounding teenagers on the Internet. Overall by using less social media you can avoid these negative situations.Since 2000 the time teenagers spend outside has decreased significantly causing more depression and obesity. Not only does it affect health, social media deprives parents from having a thorough conversation with their children without them checking their phone. Even though the positive effect of having a social media profile is to communicate with friends/family, they don’t even have the decency to lift their head and engage in a conversation. Enjoying the little things around them becomes a difficult task to the average teenager when they’re too busy tweeting about it. The contradicting effects of it goes to show that social media is not all it is talked up to be. Should I… That is the word that teenagers should have no choice but to constantly follow. Social media encourages the false images of how everything should be in a perfect world. This impact is what causes the insecurities and questionings to girls and boys. Misleading pictures are posted of how bodies, relationships, houses, cars, etc. should be are what lowers self esteem and leads to depression and suicides. Aside from connecting, social media revolves around who “retweeted” and “how many likes did that pic get”. It’s almost sickening knowing that teenagers base their insecurities around how many likes they get. The false perception of life is portrayed all over social media is misleading towards teens and not worth the effort to filter. Not only is social media misleading but it is also very unimportant. Aside from the news part of the sites, a majority of the posts are extremely insignificant and unimportant to our world. The kind of information that “OMG Wyatt just got new car interior” is completely useless in the long run.In the Buying Into Big Brother article about social media a reporter says, “We may take pity on the idiot schoolboy who uses expletives on Twitter or posts a picture of himself holding a joint at a party only to discover when he looks for a job that a trawl by an HR department has made him unemployable.” Taking a step back can open your eyes to the realization that nothing your friends are going to post will affect your life in the long run. Instead of going through the drama and irrelevant parts of social media, connect with your friends and family by calling them up and avoid the complications and uselessness of the web sites. Avoiding social media can be very difficult. Especially in a situation where one used it daily and transitioned over within a week. It’s a very challenging task, but in the long run, you will not have to worry about wasting your time, false perceptions and unnecessary information! Encouraging teens and friends to spend less time on social media and more time actually socializing can really change your life for the better.