Social Media and its Emerging Influence on Youths [Entry 24]

The evolution of the new media and its mode of operations have been tremendous, its ubiquitousness can’t be over emphasized.

Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor and media theorist, termed the world a “global village” which has now transcended through time; we can’t do without the social media.

Statistics have shown that youths are heavy users of these social media platforms, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. and their bid to keep up with trends unfolding are quite overwhelming. They feel they don’t want to be left in the dark and most times they tend to be over ambitious over things. These days, it is noteworthy to observe that the younger generations are often gingered by happenings online. They tend to keep up with celebrity lives who mostly hide what they really are, the squalor and penury behind their glittering facade are so unbelievable but they flaunt posh cars and outfits regularly.

Our ladies are susceptible to this online display of flamboyance, they go through the phase of exchanging their bodies for luxury, they parade themselves as “small girls with big God“, cashing out daily on the expense of their future. They want to wear the most exorbitant human hair, the latest Fendi and Rolex all to keep up.

Apple’s latest brand, the iPhone XS is now a must have, they mount unnecessary pressure on their partners to get them the phone or risk a break up. The question now is, are all these worth it? Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. Our young men resort to theft and internet fraud popularly known as “yahoo” to earn the big title. They use charms, kill and eat faeces to keep cash flowing. Some go to Malaysia where they do drugs and auction their kidneys for sale. We shouldn’t let social media rush us; no one posts failures online, let’s stay loyal to our hustle.

Nothing beats realness, we wants to trend by all means thereby resorting to silly, controversial ways, men begin to act effeminate, women begin to flaunt themselves as top prostitutes, how did we ever get here?

American rapper, Kanye West, recently tweeted about how people kill themselves over followers and likes, how they attach themselves too much to social media relevance which is an issue because likes and followers shouldn’t determine self-worth, we should note that we are in no competition with anyone but to improve versions of ourselves positively.

What if we stop seeking validations from people and work hard in promoting our craft, paying less attention to social media’s distraction? We definitely need a shift in our mental perceptions of things; the sky is vast enough to accommodate everyone.

 

This article was written by Chinedu Victor Chukwuebuka; connect with him on IG here

191 thoughts on “Social Media and its Emerging Influence on Youths [Entry 24]

  1. I actually came back here again to commend the author of this work, we need more of this in the society, most of our youths have lost it. Excellent delivery Victor, excellent one

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  2. Thanks so much everyone for your views, I really appreciate them.Let’s ensure to keep moving without letting materialism and other social media distractions hinder, we are more than we are, We have all it takes to be rich and famous, it is only a matter of time, One love guys❤

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  3. Apt and simple. The Article is a wake up call to the youths to positively use the social media for self development and society’s advancement.

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  4. They tend to keep up with celebrity lives who mostly hide what they really are, the squalor and penury behind their glittering facade are so unbelievable but they flaunt posh cars and outfits regularly.
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    You said that.
    Squalor and Penury are actually very harsh words to use for Nigerian celebrities. Like, seriously? Have you ever seen a real Nigerian celebrity living in penury and squalor?
    Maybe you should think about it more.
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    Asides that, I really enjoyed the article.

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  5. Yes bro, you are right, most of these celebrities live fake lives and it is disheartening to point out that we look up to them as role models,indeed some live in squalor and penury and in a bid to act up, they begin to brorrow pose, you nailed it bro, you should work with Tush Magazine too. Beautifully written.

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  6. This is an urgent message, our youths need to read this because the rush for material things is quite alarming. Thank you for this Victor, thank you

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  7. This is to say that social media has caused More harm than good to the society but only few individual can attest to that.
    Nice one Victor!

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  8. This is spectacular it’s the best of it kind…. victor you really hit the nail at the head keep this up I tell you in no time our head go correct……. Very very very awesome write up

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  9. You sure nailed it Victor. Well done dear. Beautiful write up.

    “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial” I wish our youths would focus more on ‘self built’ rather than most false luxury life people fluant on social media.

    So much fake life on social media. Life outside it is much more better!

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  10. Many people are depressed today due to what they see in social media,
    Your friend post him/herself on beautiful dressing in a glamorous environment, you now thought he has hammered or she has rich boyfriend.
    You became depressed forgotten that some people are rich in social media but in real life, you are better than them.

    Double your hustle and make useful of your time.

    Nice write up Victor
    Ride on to greatness

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  11. Beautiful writeup. Thanks for highlighting such salient points in the most simple and effective way. I’m sure all youths can learn a thing from your piece. Bravo Victor!

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  12. I am so guilty of this Victor, I tend to tear myself up over social media’s flamboyance,and indeed my bid to keep up often make me unnecessarily depressed. Thank you Victor, thanks a lot for this message, you rescued a soul❤🙏

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  13. Wow, Vic you shook tables like crazy with this article, I am guilty of social media rush, WE are guilty of social media’s rush, the earlier we do something to reduce our irrelevant cravings, the better for us. Like Vic said, the sky is vast enough to accommodate everyone

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  14. The key is Self discovery. Youths need to develop their sense of awareness and really discover who they are. The Internet is powerful and it is easy to get lost in it.

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  15. You nailed the points. A lot of focus have been shifted from proper self appraisal to seeking relevance from people on social media.

    This is definitely a very nice read, I enjoyed every bit of it.

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