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What is Social Development of Adolescence in the Digital Era?

Did you know that the development of technology continues to grow, and the network and the smooth mobility of technology are increasingly being expanded and strengthened?

Then the internet was born that connects millions and even billions of computer networks with various types. Everyone already knows how important the internet is, where all information from all over the world can be connected and communication can be done anywhere easily.

In the increasingly advanced digital era, followed by the development of gadgets. Everyone from children, adolescents to adults holds gadgets to facilitate work. The demands of the times require them to always follow the development of science and technology (Science and Technology).

What is Social Development of Adolescence in the Digital Era?

This article will discuss teenagers in the digital age. How are the characteristics of adolescents, adolescent social development, the facts of today's adolescents, and the positive and negative effects of using social media.
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What is a teenager and what are his characteristics?

Youth is a period of transition from children to adults. This period is characterized by the presence of puberty in someone, namely menstruation in women and wet dreams in men. In this time adolescents are faced with various maturity exams as the provision of the next human stage, which is to become an adult.


The characteristics of adolescents in general are:

  • Adolescents begin to pay attention to the way their behavior looks and determine their own decisions in terms of their fate and relationships
  • Teenagers have their own way of thinking and tend not to be restrained. Careless in doing something, not thinking about future risks.
  • Teens have an attraction with the opposite sex


What is meant by social development?

Social development is the process of interacting with others and the introduction of norms, morals, and traditions in the surrounding environment. Based on its scope, social development is divided into two, namely social development in the real world and in cyberspace (social media).


Social development of adolescence

Social development in the real world is interacting directly without using media or communication tools. Like: in the school environment, playing environment, family environment, and others.

Social development in cyberspace is interacting by using media or communication tools (gadgets) through a social media application. Like: Instagram, Twitter, Path, Snapchat, Facebook, Line, and others.

How are teenagers' social development in the real world and cyberspace?

In the digital age social development in the real world does not become as attractive as in cyberspace. The more sophisticated technology makes more and more social media appear with different sides of uniqueness. 

Every social media has an interesting characteristic to make its users comfortable and comfortable for long to access the application.

Social media makes today's teenagers addictive. Even teenagers are almost 24 hours to access social media. Many teens who flocked to actively socialize in cyberspace, only to become a place of prestige in order to boost its popularity. 

Where some teens become popular in cyberspace will benefit as an artist on social media. Frequently interacting in social media many teenagers who become less sensitive do not even care about the surrounding environment. 

Where conditions such as this awkwardness are due to lack of usual communication directly with people around. Social media makes a person an individual and selfish person. They are not aware that their social interactions are spent playing the internet alone.

However, even though adolescents are more active in cyberspace, activities in the world of education can still compensate for social interaction in both spheres. Direct teaching and learning activities and group learning and social activities held in the world of education become a balancing tool so that teens can interact directly and indirectly train adolescents with problems in the environment so that teens find their true identity.

How do you reduce the use of social media?

How to reduce social media use:

1. Control the use of social media

Reduce time to play social media little by little. Self-control so as not to be too engrossed in playing social media. Use the stopwatch if you feel it is necessary.

2. Looking for sources of information other than on social media

Social media is a place for extensive and easy to reach information and knowledge. However, to reduce the use of social media, you should switch to magazines, newspapers, radio or television.

3. Increase socialization in real life

Socializing on social media does not hurt. However, it is more fun to interact with friends or family directly without the separation media.

4. Looking for better activities

Reducing the use of social media is one of them by looking for other activities that are more useful. For example, gathering with friends, exercising, reading books, being active in an organization, and so on.

Author: Nuril


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