We use social media to share our thoughts and experiences with the world so that we feel connected with each other. It’s comforting to know that other people have similar beliefs or have gone through the same things we have. It also reinforces ideas we have about ourselves and the world. If your son or daughter needs alcohol or drug rehab in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom today and learn more about our outpatient facility.
The reasons why people use social media are grounded in a normal human desire to feel included. However, when the behaviors and ideas expressed are negative or encourage dangerous behaviors, it can lead to an influence that can have damaging consequences.
Teenagers are more likely to be influenced by their peers. Now that they have more access to their friends and classmates through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps, the level of influence increases. They’re able to see more of what their peers are doing. Whether it’s real or just an image their peers are portraying, it’s easy to get caught up in the images and messages their peers are sharing.
If their peers are posting pictures showing drug use or drinking, they may begin to think it’s normal and that “everyone is doing it.” They may not consider that the photo could be staged and the person may not actually be using a drug or drinking. They may be doing it because they want to appear a certain way in order to gain popularity.
Celebrities are known for posting photos of themselves smoking marijuana or doing other drugs, partying and drinking heavily. Their fans, especially the younger ones, look up to them and want to emulate their behavior. All of these factors could cause young adults to try drugs or drink, which can lead to addiction.
Another factor that could link substance abuse with social media is the competition to get likes and shares. When someone posts a photo that receives a lot of likes or gets a lot of comments, the person posting it will see it as positive reinforcement. If the person posting is engaging in behavior such as underage drinking or using illegal drugs, then he or she is more likely to share more photos in a similar vein.
A recent study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that over 70 percent of a popular pro-marijuana Twitter account’s followers were under 19. They noted that young adults are especially responsive to influences via social media. They think there is a correlation between using drugs at that age because of what they have seen on social media. Another study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found that teenagers who spend time on social media were more likely to take drugs or drink.
Researchers from both groups agree that limiting young adult's time on social media, as well as monitoring what is being posted and viewed is important. Parents should consider what their kids are being exposed to on social media.
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