Teenagers and social media By: Zaim Rashidi Social media is an online platform where people around the globe can connect and communicate with each other. Social media has been around since the early 2010, with Facebook being one of the earliest to be released publicly. Nowadays, Facebook has been overshadowed with platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok. Most social media users are teenagers, which explains the sudden spike in popularity of Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok. These three platforms are preferred among teens. The reason being social media platforms are full of entertainment and hot topics. These two aspects are the main selling point of Tiktok and Twitter respectively. While Instagram is a mixture of both, some teenagers use it for sharing and updating their day-to-day activities. A survey was made in 2021 on how often teenagers use social media, the majority of them answered daily. Daily usage of social media can be concerning as some teens have been reported of having an addiction. An addiction to something is considered a red flag, especially during adolescence. Parents play a big role in limiting social media usage. Developers of this platform can contribute in an effort of limiting the usage. Developers can develop a programme that administrators the users in their daily online time. A notification prompt is needed to alert the user. In addition, this feature will reduce the risk of teens developing an addiction. In a nutshell, the rapid rate in popularity of social media can be a threat to teeanagers’ wellbeing.