Social media is often used as an outlet by students– regardless if the post/commentary is intended to empower others or shield insecurities one may be experiencing. Due to parents and education systems not giving students the proper coping mechanisms to transform their insecurities and hardships into strength and growth, teens often resort to overusing their online platforms and using them as a detriment to themselves. I have witnessed many cases that support that when one’s depression is on the rise, they begin to use social media more often to hide their feelings, isolate themselves, and show “their followers” that they are perfectly fine; this is often displayed by inappropriate posts that have a tendency to reemerge in a teenager’s future.
Although it is a parents responsibility to teach their kids about social media safety and regulating their use, many students endure dysfunctional home lives; they may not all have the opportunity to learn how to cope with stress or pressures in a healthy fashion. The consequences of using social media are not often taught in schools, which is why adolescents face an epidemic of cyberbullying, nude photography, or even illegal photos and posts. The equation of school, parental, societal and self pressure is a very likely and high cause of stress. Students remove themselves from the world of anxiety they face by using social media to relax or destress themselves. When students begin logging into their social media platforms in the classroom, it is a case of disengagement and lack of connection between the student and the content being covered in class by the teacher; if school curriculum was as relevant, intriguing, and stimulating for students as their media (which is certainly can be), they would participate and focus consistently and coherently.