Let’s talk about social media addiction

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Impact of social media

Social media has completely transformed a range of our life experiences. You can go anywhere without being travel. You can stay in touch with your friends and family without being physically present there. The experience of art and history has been replaced with the experience of a digital representation of those things.

Before I start this article, I want to share a recent study with you. A study shows: The average person now spends more time each day on their phone and laptop than they do sleeping. Although, there is a huge impact of ”social media” on our lives.

Social media is the greatest discovery which has ever happened in this world. If one were to look back over the last few decades and try to find some element that affected society, there would be an evaluation of Social media.

Consider just how easy it is to see what is happening on the other side of the world and it is the huge source of entertainment and information. You already aware of the positives of networking sites which I don’t want to explain in details.

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It is fair to say that today so many people spend far too much time on networking sites and may describe themselves as being obsessed, if not addicted. In the beginning, being addicted to networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not sound serious. But behavioral addictions, like those to spending time on networking sites, can be serious.

A Social networking addict could be considered someone with a high compulsion to use networking sites or online game to access and constantly thinking and checking Facebook and Whatsapp status updates or stalking people’s profile for hours on end.

Some researchers concluded that ”Social media” addiction can be stronger than the addiction of cigarettes and alcohol. Following an experiment in which they recorded cravings of several hundred people over several months. Social Media craving ranked ahead of cravings for sex.

Keeping up with everyone else can disconnect you from your own life.

Social media can ruin your life in different ways

1. Harmful to your relationship.

Presence of a mobile, while two people are talking, interferes with their feelings of closeness, connection, and communication. Just think, how can you feel your partner’s emotions and feelings while focusing on a mobile screen. If the device interferes with your conversations, you undermine your own ability to connect with others. You miss the deep emotion in the voice of your partner, the deep innocence on your child’s face, and deep love in your parent’s eye.

2. You lose the moment.

What do you do on the Internet? You share life, you share your experience, you share your daily activities and you share moments-moments of joy, moments of friendship, moments of love, moments of humor and beauty. Ironically, by engaging with social media, you lose the moment. In your urge to connect virtually, you disconnect from your reality. We are happiest when our mind is in the present moment, not when it’s wandering off somewhere.

3. Self-absorbing.

Instead of deriving pleasure from the people around you, you seek it-along with validation-from your cellphone. It absorbs your energy and positivity. It makes you less connected and more narcissistic. It’s funny how a tool which is meant to connect with you with others makes you feel you isolated and obsessed over the virtual appearance you are making.

 

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OK, I want to ask you a few questions which I deeply feel, you should connect with yourself.

  • Do you use networking sites to forget about a personal problem?
  • Do you spend more than 3 hours on networking sites?
  • Do you think about networking sites, when you are not online?
  • Do you become restless if you are unable to use networking sites?

These are the real signs of Internet addiction. If you answered ”yes” to a few questions, it’s likely that you are a habitual Social media user. However, if you answered ”yes” to most of the questions, then you may have an actual addiction of using social media.

Written by Rohit Kamboj

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