The student news site of Holy Family Catholic High School

The Phoenix

The student news site of Holy Family Catholic High School

The Phoenix

The student news site of Holy Family Catholic High School

The Phoenix

The Real Truth Behind Social Media

Social media has become an integral part of modern life, especially for high school students who are deeply addicted to digital platforms. While social media offers connectivity and information sharing, its pervasive use among high schoolers raises concerns about its negative impact. Social media can be detrimental to the well-being and development of high school students, leading to issues such as mental health, affecting academic performance and social interactions. Firstly, social media often contributes to mental health issues among high school students. The constant exposure to images and idealized lifestyles can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. The pressure to follow unrealistic beauty standards or to showcase a perfect life online can result in low self-esteem and poor body image, affecting students’ overall mental well-being. A Holy Family student said, “I see so many influencers on social media, and it makes me feel like I have to live up to their standards.” Secondly, excessive use of social media can affect academic performance. Students may find themselves distracted by endless scrolling, notifications, and the urge to constantly check their profiles. This distraction can lead to decreased focus, procrastination, and ultimately lower grades. The addictive nature of social media also disrupts sleep patterns, impacting students’ ability to concentrate and learn effectively. Another Holy Family student said, “I stay up late at night scrolling through my social media feed and barely get any sleep because of it.” Lastly, social media can negatively impact social interactions. High schoolers may prefer online interactions over face-to-face communication, leading to reduced social skills and difficulties in forming meaningful relationships in-person. The constant comparison and competition created by social media can also create disagreements among peers, leading to bullying, peer pressure, and social exclusion. In conclusion, while social media offers various benefits, its negative effects on high school students cannot be overlooked. From mental health challenges to academic setbacks and social interaction issues, the downsides of excessive social media use among teenagers are significant. It is essential for teachers, parents, and society as a whole to promote a responsible and balanced use of social media to protect the well-being and development of high school students.