Is social media the new moral compass … or lacking a moral compass, as it were?
A new study finds the majority of parents in the UK think social media harms their kids’ moral development. The University of Birmingham study also alludes to widespread parental anxieties about the influence of online networks on children – even those as young as 11, who use the sites regardless of age restrictions.
Most interesting perhaps are the negative traits parents feel social media instills. At the top of that list anger and hostility, followed by arrogance, ignorance, bad judgment and hatred. Surprisingly, the “selfie” generation’s vanity, ranked lower down on the list than all of the aforementioned vices.
While on 15% of parents thought Facebook is a positive influence on kids … Is it possible that there are positivities to Facebook and its social media counterparts that we’re overlooking? Here, I’ll start: Have you noticed the increased social consciousness of young people today?