Navigating Social Networking: Understanding the Effects on Youth

  • Sakshi Solanki
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  • Sakshi Solanki

    Assistant Professor at Gitarattan International Business School, India

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Social networking sites (SNS) wield a profound influence on today's youth, offering a plethora of opportunities along with notable challenges and implications. These platforms facilitate instant communication, foster social connections, and provide access to a wealth of information, empowering young individuals in unprecedented ways. However, they also present challenges such as privacy concerns, Cyber bullying, and addiction risks, impacting youth's mental health and well-being. The implications of SNS usage extend to academic performance, identity formation, and societal interactions. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for stakeholders—policymakers, educators, and parents—to navigate the complexities of SNS engagement among youth effectively. By promoting responsible digital citizenship and addressing challenges proactively, society can harness the potential of SNS while safeguarding the welfare of its younger generation. This research delves into the intricate influence of social networking sites (SNS) on the younger generation, exploring the diverse array of opportunities, challenges, and ramifications associated with their usage. Through an extensive examination of contemporary literature and empirical studies, this study aims to uncover the multifaceted impact that SNS wield over the cognitive, emotional, and social development of adolescents and young adults. It investigates the potential advantages of SNS, such as facilitating communication, fostering social connections, and providing access to information, alongside the corresponding hurdles, including issues of privacy infringement, Cyber bullying, and the phenomenon of digital dependency. Furthermore, this inquiry delves into the broader implications of SNS utilization on youth, encompassing effects on mental well-being, academic performance, and the construction of personal identity. By conducting a thorough analysis of these dynamics, this study seeks to furnish policymakers, educators, and parents with actionable insights to navigate the complexities of SNS engagement among the youth population, advocating for responsible digital citizenship and striving to optimize the positive impacts of these platforms while mitigating potential risks.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 2521 - 2528


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