SCHOOLKIDS WISH SOCIAL MEDIA HAD NEVER BEEN INVENTED
TWO out of three schoolchildren would not mind if social media had never been invented.
That’s the finding of a survey of 5,000 students at schools across England.
The study shows that young people are becoming tired of the bad side of the technology, such as online bullying and fake news.
Nearly two thirds of the students in years nine, ten and eleven said they would not care if social media didn’t exist. Even more (71%) said they had taken time out to escape social media.
The survey was carried out for Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).
Many of the young people who took part said that social media was having a bad effect on their emotional wellbeing.
Some 57% said they had received abusive comments online, 56% felt they were becoming addicted and 52% said social media made them feel less confident about their looks or how interesting their life was. Many also felt that friends showed “fake” versions of themselves online.
Samantha Price, head teacher of Benenden School in Kent, said: “When young people have time away from social media, they see and feel the benefits. They sleep better, concentrate and therefore learn better and feel better. Of course, social media and the internet are not the enemy – there are enormous positives to them – but it is a matter of finding the right balance.”
Students said they liked some things about social media, such as memes, filters and storytelling features.