School reporters Eilir, Molly and Megan have also been addressing the addictive nature of social media. This is their report.
One of the most common sights in our society today is someone with a mobile phone in their hands. Gone are the days when all they’re doing is texting or heaven forbid actually making a phone call. In truth what they’re probably doing is catching up on their social media. From Facebook to Snapchat, Instagram to Twitter we have become a society obsessed with social media. Whether it’s posting a selfie, sharing a photo of tonight’s dinner or confessing our inner most feelings our lives have been invaded, or rather we’ve let them become consumed by the need to share everything with the world. Social media is extremely addictive. Suddenly we can delve into the lives of people we may not necessarily know or even pass the time of day with. We can follow the lives of not only friends but celebrities, giving us an insight into their day to day lives. There is a constant need to document our every move and that leads to us craving as many likes as we can. We crave the need to be popular, to be accepted and so the more friends we have following us the better. There is also the fact that as we decide what we post we can be boastful or show off. We can demand respect or acceptance from on many occasions, strangers. We have become a society of compulsive checkers and over sharers.
Statistics show that 28% of iPhone users check their social media before getting out of bed in the morning and teenagers aged 15-19 spend at least three hours a day on social media. 71% of teens say they use more than one social network so it’s hardly surprising they are addicted when there’s so many different platforms to check.
By asking a mother of 2 teenagers her opinion, she responded with “Yes, I believe social media is addictive, it seems my children are never off it. Because it’s so addictive I worry they’re missing out on living their lives to the full.”
Another parent a father of three agreed with the above opinion but added that he too found social media addictive and believed that “My children see me on social media and think it’s the norm and therefore ok for them to be on it. I spend way too much time on my social media myself so I’m not setting them the best example and can hardly criticise them for being on it too.”
One aspect of addiction to social media is FOMO – fear of missing out. We worry that we might miss out on that all important post that everyone is talking about hence the need to constantly be online checking every update. It is worth noting that companies like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are continually developing the apps to make them more addictive, and so that people resist the urge to close the app down. Almost everyone is on social media these days, posting and interacting for many hours of the day due to the addiction. My peers agree and feel obliged to be online all the time so they won’t miss out.
Having gone over all the information provided it’s pretty safe to say that social media is most definitely addictive and given the way the apps are constantly developing, there’s very little chance of us becoming less addicted in the future.
Social Media consists of websites and applications that enable us to share and create contents or to participate in networking. For example: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. But are we addicted Catrin, Ellie, Logan and Tyler investigated.
Social media provides an opportunity to find and connect with new people who share your passions and why you do what you do. That’s why people can get addicted, they find new friends, apps and videos and can spend hours on end without realising how long they’ve actually been using social media and will do the same thing the next day and spend more money because they are addicted to what they do on the internet.
We researched and found out that the average age to become a social media addict is around 10 to 60. Before the age of ten is when you still have a world of imagination and spend most of your time outside playing with your friends instead of the average virtual ones after you join social media. After the age of sixty you realise that there are more important things to be doing with your time instead of spending hours on social media for unnecessary reasons.
“Wouldn’t you rather make real life memory’s rather than ones you save onto your Instagram or snapchat?” – Anonymised contributor.
People don’t have a preferable place to use social media, they just tend to use it whenever technology/devises are in sight which shows how addicted people can get, whenever social media is an option to be used they feel the urge to use it immediately.
Music: A generation game?
My name is Eve, I am twelve years old and I am someone who really likes music from a lot of different times in history because I have been brought up listening to lots of different music from the 60’s, 70’s to the present day. My favourite genres are alternative, grunge, dance, pop-rock, and rap. I have asked a few people about their opinions on the change in music over the last 60 years, and this is what they had to say.
I asked my Grandfather about the change in music and he said, “ I don’t like the music today as much as the music back in the 50’s and 60’s because it was a lot more relaxing and had a meaning to the lyrics back then, but now its just a lot of ‘fast-talking’ and not enough melody in the songs! It also has swearing in the songs today, and its too fast for me to be honest. I like the more country and western style of music.”
So then I asked my dad who was around in the 70s era and this is what he said, “ I don’t mind the music now, because when I was your age I liked the same sort of rock and pop that some teenagers like today. My favourite bands are the Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, Free, Eagles and AC/DC. But to be honest some of the music like the boy bands these days are not my cup of tea!”
My mam was the next person that I asked and she said, “ I don’t ‘hate’ the music that teenagers listen to now but I do think the music was much better back in the 80’s and early 90’s.” The era of dance music and new wave. Pop stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson.
Then there was a totally different opinion when I asked my little sister, who is ten, what she thought about music these days compared to what my dad and grandfather listens too, she also added, “ I think the music before Little Mix and Fifth Harmony are boring.” I guess this is because she hasn’t really listened to any other bands or artists to any degree.
There are totally different perspectives on the history of music between the adults and my sister. I think that music has definitely changed over the last 60 years. Because now its more pop and alternative with an electronic twist on it. Whereas older music was more traditional with pop and ballads with some rock and blues. But I think it is good that people like different styles or genres of music because that’s what makes the British Pop charts so varied!
This article has taught me that each generation has got their unique taste in music with a few music tastes mixed in as well.
International Women’s Day
March the 8th was a day to remember; International Women’s day! School reporter Menna has been exploring the topic. The earliest international Women’s day was held on the 28th of February 1990 in New York. It’s important to every woman around the world, especially feminists. I think it’s important because men always get special treatment and girls are always second hand citizens. It’s important to celebrate women because we always get treated differently to men and have to fight to get noticed like the suffragette movement.
Now women have equal rights have men, but in 1832 it was a completely different story. In 1832 women couldn’t vote so Mary Smith presented the first women’s suffrage petition to Parliament, but it want until 1866 the women’s suffrage committee was formed in London. But when WW1 started the suffragette stopped campaigning to help the men in the war. But in 1918 they finally got the right to vote!
Also there’s stuff boys do like rugby and football and stuff girls do like cooking and cleaning which is very stereotypical. But I and many other girls in my class enjoy playing rugby and sport and I think I can try to do whatever boys do. But many people still think that girls should just stay to ’girlie’ things.
Hopefully International Women’s day is celebrated all around the world, I think everyone should celebrate women if you’re a man or a woman. When I asked my mother about it she said “After all women have been through I think they deserve more than just a day!” But on the other hand my father said that “Women should be able to celebrate when they want not just a day, it’s a big fuss over nothing really!”