Impact of social media on the physical and mental well- being of adolescents in India
The age of adolescence is full of challenges which need to be combated efficiently and the rich values, sensible attitude and reasonable preferences nourished by our culture, help this age in their struggle. Tolerance, sharing, respect, humility and integration with family and friends are the landmark elements of our cultural heritage. The social media in the form of WhatsApp, Facebook and internet browser has intruded in the way of our life so much that no aspect of emotions and expressions are untouched by it. Although, Social media has done amazingly well in reaching out to the untold realities of society but when it comes to adolescents, the consequences of exposure to avenues provided by social media have been devastating. Due to biological and mental changes the transition phase of age from childhood to adulthood i.e. adolescence, is already vulnerable to identity crisis and role conflicts. Full authority of parents over life style may not be acceptable to them; at the same time they are not mature enough to handle the outburst of excitement, fears and emotions on their own. The unhindered access to the virtual world of social media has bombarded the psychological makeup of the adolescents which caused mental as well as physical harm. This paper is an attempt to critically analyse the impact of social media on the physical and mental well-being of adolescents in India.