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Social Media Addiction

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Social media can affect people in many ways. It began as a medium for communication but it has changed to being a distraction and a form of false sense of confidence.

Social media is addicting. It becomes a distracting use of technology for people. The idea that there’s always something new on these sites makes us want to check it several times a day, for fear that you might miss something.

According to IDC Research, they found that 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. So it becomes priority as soon as they wake up, and it’s the last thing they check every night. Phones have become a distraction due to the fact that social media is made to be easy. It’s so fast and easy to check your twitter or your Facebook several times a day. And those several times a day add up to hours that you’re wasting online. A lot of stuff on social media is completely useless.

Social media eventually has a negative effect on users. One hears countless stories about girls spending hours trying to take the “perfect” selfie, or look like the “ideal” image. For example, Kylie Jenner and her famous pout are a trend that has affected hundreds of girls. The market place for beauty products that help make your mouth bigger increased due to the demand of women. Although there was several downsides. There was a hashtag “KylieJennerLipChallenge” showcased that downside. Bruising, bleeding, and other painful symptoms women endured for a few minutes of fuller lips. The problem with social media is that it only showcases the upsides of people’s lives. So it seems like people live a more spontaneous exciting life, in reality life has both up’s and down’s.

People use it to brag excessively about why they’re doing or who they’re spending time with. All of these things add up to an obsession about constantly knowing what other people are up to and why you have to live up expectations in order to stay relevant in the realm of social media.

Students may find it difficult to stay away from their phones and social media while trying to be productive. Students may find it difficult to study or do homework without looking at their phone. An assignment that generally would take a student thirty minutes to complete could take them hours due to constantly checking their phone.

When communicating, social media gives people the confidence to say things you wouldn’t say in person. That’s why social media can get dangerous. Trolls, or social media “bullies” constantly find ways to bother people for no reason at all. People can begin to forget how to socialize in a civilized manner when out in public, because they’re constantly attached to their phones.

Social media has become a huge part of students every day routine. The amount of time spent on social media is growing exponentially. It has become a distraction for students that can begin to affect their mental state and can become a form of addiction.

It’s understandable for students to use social media. It can help you communicate with friends and family that are far away. You can showcase what college is like, or who you’ve become friends with. A way to stay close to people that aren’t close location wise. But there is a time and a place. There needs to be a form of priorities on where you stand and how much time you want to spend on social media. Set boundaries for yourself. Limit the amount of time spent, or the amount of posts.

Your life is not based on the number of likes your selfie received, or the number of retweets. Don’t forget to live your life because you’re too busy trying to find the perfect filter. Put your phone down and enjoy it.

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Social Media Addiction