83 Percent of Teenagers Inseparable from Social Media

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Some teenagers focusing on their gadgets and ignoring their surroundings. (Photo: suarababel.com)

UNAIR NEWS – Five students of Faculty of Nursing (FKp) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) are really concerned with technological development on communication especially on social media. These social media applications can make people closer but they can also make them farther. That was why these five students studied them from the human developmental psychology and they wanted to know the extent of this social media phenomenon in affecting the teenagers’ way of thinking and socializing.

Those five students of Faculty of Nursing (FKp) were  Siska Kusuma Ningsih, Dinda Salmahella, Evi Nur Laili Rahma Kusuma, Fenny Eka Juniarty, and Fitria Kusnawati. Their study became a proposal for Students Creativity Program – Research Social Humanity (PKMP Soshum) entitled “Pengenyampingan Interaksi Sosial secara Langsung oleh Masyarakat sebagai Dampak Munculnya Jejaring Sosial (Medsos)”. Their study was even through a selection and funded by General Directorate of Higher Education, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti) in 2016.

They could not deny that social media has greatly affected people socialization process in this global era. “Make those far closer” is a phrase which illustrates how social media can be a place which connects people from any parts of the world easily.

But how about the phrase “make those close farther”? Have you ever wondered about it? It is a distressing thing for the people who are concerned with their social community,” said Siska Kusuma Ningsih, the head of the team.


Interestingly, from the questionnaires collected from 13-25 years old youngsters in Mulyorejo, Surabaya, on 24 hours social media intensity, about 83% said that they cannot be far from their social media, even only for a day. About 57% agreed and were ignored by their friends because of the using social media on their gadgets.

“The phenomena often found during a gathering, many of them just focused on their gadgets rather than paying attention to their surroundings. It is saddening as it happens quite often in our community. It means slowly but sure it brings negative effects and expands exponentially,” Siska added.

For these kind of people, direct communication does not have any essential meaning. They believed that expressing their feeling through social media was more comforting and fun compared to expressing it verbally to closest people. They were even willing to be antisocial only for checking what happens to the world and what the hit is currently.

In further context, researchers do not blame social media usage. But they focused on how wise people can use social media wisely. Communicate what is needed to be communicated, but always believe than direct communication socially gives more intimate and harmonious relationship.

“Updating social media networking is fine, but always remember that your life revolves around a social environment,” added Evi Nur Laili Rahma Kusuma.

The five students of Faculty of Nursing (FKp) hoped that their study can balance social interactions from social media usage nowadays, that they will understand social interactions’ with intelligence and develop their quality of lives, either himself or his social environment. Hopefully it will also evaluate social media usage developing now, so it brings creative and educated thinking to deal with occurring problems. (*)

Author : Tim PKM Sosial Humaniora
Editor : Bambang Bes

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