Is social media bad for us? Can it be addictive? Are you addicted to social media? Well ask yourselves these few questions and if the answers are majority ‘yes’ then you may be addicted to social media:
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about social media or planning to use social media?
- Do you feel urges to use social media more and more?
- Do you use social media to forget about personal problems?
- Do you often try to reduce your use of social media without success?
- Do you become restless or troubled if you are unable to use social media?
- Do you use social media so much that it has had a negative impact on your job or studies?
But can you really be addicted to social media? Can it be concerned more of a habit to check social media consistently rather than an addiction?
Social media and technology, in general, is very convenient for people including me. It’s allowed me to write blogs etc. however, it can also be very time consuming and dangerous in various situations. Firstly, social media leads to a loss of productivity in education and work making you waste time and lose focus on your task which will trouble you in the future which could risk exam results or your job. This results in measures being taken in these institutions such as prohibiting phones and rightly so.
Social media is also very powerful to younger audiences with younger videos keeping updated with their ‘role models’ keeping updated on their lives and idolizing them and their action wanting to be exactly like them. This to me is quite dangerous as they lose their own identity by trying to be someone else, this can also lead them to harm themselves to fulfill their desire to be them by starving themselves as well as other methods such as surgery or taking in extreme cases. This is very common to idolize musicians and other public figures and imitate their action to feel a part of society.
The need for notifications adds to the addiction to social media. Whenever you receive notifications from social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, your brain will release a small amount of dopamine. This makes you feel good on a chemical level. Each time you see a notification, your brain gets excited, for example uploading a picture you’ll continuously check your phone to see who’s liking the post which according to experts on this topic makes you feel valued and raises your self-esteem.
There other dangers of social media such hacking or being exposed to content which isn’t suitable for your age or just for your health mentally most notably pornography but besides from suicide videos emerge on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and so on which can be considered very traumatizing as well as desensitize the individual thinking such things are acceptable.
There is no doubt that social media is very effective in our lives but is it all bad? What do you think? There are always pros and cons to topics like these, however, I think I’ll leave the positives for another blog.
But these are just a few thoughts I have on these topics let me know what you think on this either in the comments or on my social media (how ironic) :
Thank you for reading, have an amazing day 🙂