PEER PRESSURE IS A DANGEROUS REALITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
- November 25, 2018
Nowadays, social media is definitely one of the most beneficial tools, isn’t it? Initially reserved for individual users, multiple networks have exploded into the frenzied environment of business communication and marketing. At this very moment, you can search for the Walt Disney Company or Microsoft, and both companies will invite you to like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram and Twitter (or even Tumblr). America and the world have become virtually connected, but, like every positive aspect of our lives, there is always a shady alternative. For many parents, social media is a bit of risky business where their teenagers are concerned, as blogs and sharing platforms are viable portals for sharing info about drugs and alcohol. Needless to say, that is the last thing parents want their kids to be exposed to. Let’s take a closer look at how peer pressure is a dangerous reality on social media.
More Seen, More Consumed
According to a recent report, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health conducted issued a poll to 3,447 people between the ages of 18 and 24 (all across the United States). One of the most interesting features of the study revealed that the more alcoholic content these young people viewed on screen, the more willing they were to consume alcoholic drinks. In other words, if people viewed a particularly large quantity of photos, images, links, and comments related to alcohol consumption, their curiosity was piqued. While the team could not directly link drinking issues with images of alcohol on social media, they did make another interesting discovery.
Peer Pressure Is Real
Although the psychological connection between drinking and drug use on social media was not officially cemented, the University of Michigan team did make an interesting discovery about peer pressure. According to their findings, young people who were particularly nervous about how their peers would perceive marijuana use were less likely to report marijuana-related activity than non-users.
On a positive note, though, some people believed their loved ones and friends would be highly disappointed if they viewed images depicting alcoholic drinks (or alcohol consumption). In this case, these young people would abstain from drinking altogether.
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