Are Facebook and Twitter detrimental to Chicago Public Schools students?

Any addiction is a problem,” according to Veronica Hernandez, a Southwest side parent. Adults think a lot of teenagers are addicted to social networks. They want teenagers to get off them, but teenagers see it as a part of their life, so teenagers don’t know how to set their limits.

Many parents want their children to not have to rely on social networks. They don’t want to have to deal with them just being on their phones, checking their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and not spending time with them.

Parents can agree with this and say, what good is having them physically when mentally they are in their own world?  But some teenagers can contradict this by saying they are not addicted and want to continue their life on the Web.

Celina Perez, a freshman at John Hancock High School, thinks that social networks are a part of her life and that if she doesn’t check it the most she can, she isn’t complete.  She doesn’t see this as an addiction but a way of keeping herself busy.

When asked what she would think if social networks didn’t exist, she said, “People wouldn’t have a way to communicate with each other, and I wouldn’t be able to see what my friends are up to.”  The follow up question was, what do you think of social networks overall?  She replied, “I think social networks are great but irresistible.  I like seeing people argue and news and just everything I could possible want.”

But Veronica Hernandez is against teenagers relying so much on networks and wants a change.  She believes that there should be a limit on everything, but only we know how to limit ourselves.  She also said, “An addiction is always wanting to be on it, feeling the urge of having to be on it, liking being on it sometimes, and actually enjoying being on it, which many teenagers don’t know the difference.”

There was a recent article by David Wygant called “Is Twitter and Facebook the End of Society?”  He believes that we’ve become a society that is so reliant on technology that we’ve forgotten how to communicate with each other.

What are your strength and weaknesses when it comes to social networks?

How do social networks affect our society and the way we act with the people around us?

by Lesly Hernandez, Hancock Junior

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