Monday, 16 April 2018

The Negative impacts of Social Media

There are around three billion people or about 40% of the world’s population which use online social media – and we’re spending an average of at least two hours every day in sharing, liking, tweeting and updating our day to day activities on these platforms, according to some reports. That breaks down roughly to around half a million Tweets and Snapchat photos shared every minute. 

With social media playing such a big role in our lives, are we sacrificing our mental health and well-being as well as our time? What does the evidence actually suggest about its impacts on us?

It is super addictive:

Well, nowadays this is how we spend our lives. From getting ready to go to work, we just can't stop using social media apps on our mobile devices. 

Scrolling down the news feed and showing off our fake lifestyles on Instagram is pretty much what people like nowadays.

It triggers more sadness and less well being:

The more we use social media, the less happy we eventually become. One study was done a couple of years ago which found that using Facebook was linked to both less moment-to-moment happiness for anyone as well as less life satisfaction. It is a cause for concern. We devote at least 2-3 hours a day of our time to these websites and in the long run, end up more stressful.

It is a source of cyber-bullying:

According to  Enough is Enough (EIE) which is an organization that aims to make Internet usage safer for children and families has suggested in their reports- 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed some of the other forms of cyberbullying on social networking sites and 33% have been victims of cyberbullying in one way or the other.

Social Media Makes us Restless: 

This is a true case. Social Media indeed makes us restless.

A 2015 study done by the University of Missouri has found that regularly using Facebook or any other social media platforms can lead to symptoms of restlessness if the site triggered feelings of envy in the user. It's been also said that people get a rush of dopamine when they post, like or share something online.It is the same harmone that is releases when we are smoking or consuming alcohol. We feel a sense of belonging and advance our concept of self through sharing. It makes us feel happy and relieved.

Comparing our lives to others is not a good idea:

Showing off our fake lifestyles on Instagram and Snapchat is really what we are doing nowadays. People like to put their food pics on these sites rather than enjoying it.
People have actually forgotten to live in the moment. Rather they like to portray it more on these handles.

It’s very clear that in many areas, not enough is known and we are yet to draw any strong conclusions. However, the evidence does point one way for sure: social media affects people differently, depending on pre-existing conditions and various personality traits. We strongly recommend you to use it when you really need to and not to waste your time and resources on this.


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