the references librarian says You could certainly discuss in general the areas in which teens are influenced by social media. But a narrower focus, on self esteem, dating and sexuality, drug use, or consumer behavior, to name just a few areas, can often be a better choice for a research paper. Once you see what is available from a general search, you will be better able to decide how to focus your research. You would still discuss social media influence in general when introducing your topic. It may help for you to refer back to the assignment instructions your professor gave you.