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Understanding the youth and Social Media

The Internet has an array of different features that individuals can access. These include things such as film, online videos and social media sites. It should be noted that these elements might provide an avenue through which dominant views held by an individual could be challenged to the point where he/she may start to question the status quo and the way in which s/he views the world. By questioning the status quo, new ideas and practices are adopted and this according to, Kuhn, author of the book The structure of scientific revolutions: 50th anniversary edition is when “one conceptual world view is replaced by another”. This is what is known as a paradigm shift.

A paradigm shift could take years to develop. Faller, author of the book Beyond the matrix: revolutions and revelations states that “once we start looking at movies that explore our relationship with society”, the ideas and capacity of thinking of aspects, such as how to behave or other societal issues start to take place. Therefore, it is clear to see that applications such as YouTube, which is accessed by thousands of individuals’ every day, could affect the way in which they view the world.

From interacting online, instant messaging, sharing pictures and videos with friends and family, and blogging, it can be noted that the Internet is an amazing medium of learning and a vehicle of social change. The Internet and additional popular cultural text that can be accessed online are often disregarded as mere entertainment and are consequently not given serious consideration by academics and guardians. These cultural texts may be used as a means of making social commentary and thus, it is posited that it is of importance to view the effects that the Internet and social networks have on individuals as it may assist them in constructing positive identities and building strong long lasting relationships with others.

Individuals learn certain qualities about being masculine or feminine from the visual images they come across via popular cultural text. Research suggests that children imitate the behaviours they see in popular cultural text and this plays a central role in their expectations and awareness regarding certain issues. The media that individuals engage with is very influential in identity construction, thus, it is imperative to view the representations that the Internet and additional applications portray. The Internet could be seen as a socialising agent as it may have the ability to reflect individuals’ reality through social media sites and in turn state how they should be behaving in society.

The above discussion is a brief overview of why it is imperative to look at how your children are engaging with the Internet and social media sites. From changing their worldviews to displaying a world of how they should be behaving in society, it is imperative to know how your children are being affected by the technological and ever changing online world.