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According to recent statistics, 81% Americans use social media daily. That’s not a big deal, right? 
Everyone one has a relative, family and they have to connect with each other. So why I am here? 
Along with the stats that I just shared, 60% of social media users are affected negatively by social 
media. So, today I will be talking about the negative impact of social media and ways of reducing 
the risk from social media use. 
Social Media are websites and applications that enable users to create and share content with 
public involving in various networks. 
A study conducted in 2017 of over half a million 8th through 12th graders found that the 
number exhibiting high levels of depressive symptoms increased by 33 percent between 2010 
and 2015. In the same period, the suicide rate for girls in that age group increased by 65 percent. 
So, What may have caused this increase in suicide rate? Smartphones were introduced in 2007, 
and by 2015 fully 92 percent of teens owned a smartphone. 
One of the biggest differences in the lives of current teenagers and young adults, compared to 
earlier generations, is that they spend much less time connecting with their peers in person and 
more time connecting electronically, through social media. If you’re spending a lot of time on 
your phone, you have less time for activities that can build confidence and a sense of 
achievement. 
Social media can be more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. It has a powerful attraction for 
many people that leads to them checking it all the time without even thinking about it. 
If you're not sure whether you're addicted to social networks, try to remember the last time you 
went a full day without checking any social media accounts. Do you feel rejected if someone 
unfollows you? If yes, you are addicted to social networks. 
At the end of the day, social media sites want to keep you scrolling for as long as possible so they 
can show you lots of ads and make more money. 
Even after having 3 minute of speech, no one in the class will exactly stop using social media if 
anybody will, that’s good for them. Just because you’re addicted to social media doesn't mean 
you certainly need to wipe out all your social networking accounts. I have got something that 
will allow you to use social media but it decreases the negative side of social media. 
It’s probably unrealistic for most social media users to quit completely. However, they can 
monitor their behavior to see how their use impacts them. 
The first one is using Digital Wellbeing apps. You can use built-in screen time and app limits to 
remind you when to log off, and there are dedicated apps that help with screen time 
management. Setting reasonable goals for your screen time gradually decrease the screen time. 
https://childmind.org/article/is-social-media-use-causing-depression/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFHbruKEmw