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Technology's Effects on Mental Health

For as long as I can remember, Baby Boomers and The Silent Generation have made it very clear that they are the "superior" generation. "Well, when I was a kid, we didn't have technology" and "Kids are just so dependent on technology these days" are phrases we hear almost every day in 2018. Why are these adults determined to undermine our generation just because technology has advanced this far? Perhaps it's because our generation is more distant than previous generations, or because they can see the negative effects technology has produced. Certain studies show that teens using technology are growing increasingly depressed and anxious. The original purpose of technology was to make communication more simple and fast, but it is safe to say that the idea of technology has expanded far beyond that. Apps such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook have become more and more popular. Even though these apps are intended for entertainment, some teens tend to misuse them; social media bullying is one of the biggest problems in adolescents. Teens see their peers and classmates make posts on the internet, not necessarily directed at anyone, but still offensive or hurtful to others. This can cause teens to feel anxious and insecure, and it is unfortunately more common than one might think. This is damaging to the teen's mental health, and it can sometimes lead to self harm or permanent damage on one's mental health. Even so, this is not technology itself bullying teens. Technology has made it easier for people to connect, whether they connect through love or hate. Addiction to technology can be detrimental to a teen's mental health as well. Generations have very recently become addicted to technology, and most teens have become so reliant on technology that it would be difficult to live without.

However, dependence on technology is nothing to be ashamed of. The times have changed, and now that information is so easily accessible, it is reasonable that one would want to use technology to advance knowledge and social power. In fact, most high schools have switched to using technology instead of textbooks, apps for education, and even online classes. Technology has spread expert's knowledge of the universe throughout various countries.

Even though technology has been detrimental to adolescent and children's mental health, it has also had a positive effect on education and connections to the world. Social media bullying needs to be stopped, but the problem cannot be solved by getting rid of technology. It is important to take a break from social media once in a while; this is the closest, most reasonable solution to "getting rid of technology" I can think of. Even though the world has become reliant on technology, one must be cautious when using it, because it can lead to becoming trapped in an endless cycle of hate and regret through social media.