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ALARMING EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN 20TH CENTURY

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Many of us enjoy staying connected on social media unaware, that excessive use can fuel feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, and feeling of missing out (FOMO).

            The rapid growth of use of social platforms over the last decade has established an entirely new medium for human interaction. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some online platform that have allowed people in every corner of the world to be connected 24/7. It is forecast that, by 2021, social platform users will be increased by 3 billion. From this it’s clear that social media has become an integral and unavoidable part of our lives.

importance of social media

 Anything that takes up large amounts of time, including work, watching TV, exercising or driving, has always impact on health may physiological or psychological. This is famous quote that “excess of everything is bad.” Health experts usually to says that sitting is the new smoking. Sitting bestowed us with number of diseases, and it doesn’t end’s here number of people dies per annum due to it, it is concluded that sitting is one of the worst things anyone can do for his health.

Mindlessly scrolling _we often do when we are sitting_ through our social media feeds when we have a few spare minutes (or for some, hours). Uncontrolled scrolling through social media is not the best habit when it comes to our collective psychology.

social interaction and psychology

            Human beings are social animals. We need the togetherness and intimacy of others to flourish and rise in our life, and the strength of our bond and relation has a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing which ultimately leads to happy life.

When we are socially connected to others stress, anxiety, and depression are nowhere, its boost self-worth, provide comfort and joy to us, prevent us from loneliness, and even add years to our life’s. On the other hand, lacking strong social connections can be a serious risk to our mental and emotional wellbeing.

            In present era, many of us use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and, many others to be remain connected and in touch with each other. Each and every thing has its benefits, but it is true that social media can never take a place for real-world human connection.

Because when one person has eye to eye contact with others body trigger the hormones that alleviate stress and make them feel happier, healthier, and more positive. Technology that is basically designed to bring people closer together and making them to spend too much time together, but in reality engaging with social media actually made us feel more lonely and isolated—and worsen mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

            If we are spending an excessive amount of time on social media and feelings of sadness, dissatisfaction, frustration, or loneliness are gradually becoming the part of our life, it is time to re-examine your online habits and find a healthier balance.

positive aspects of social media

 Virtual interaction on social media cannot be better than face-to-face contact, besides its dark side there are still many positive ways in which it helps us to stay connected and support our wellbeing.

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It helps us in:

  • Communicating with family and friends around the world to keep us up to date.
  • Finding new friends and providing medium to communicate with, establishing network with other people who shares similar interests or ambitions.
  • Joining and promoting worthwhile causes, providing medium to raise awareness on important issues.
  • Seeking emotional support from others during tough times and in return providing them too.
  • Finding vital social connection if we are living in a remote area, for example, or have limited independence, social anxiety, or are part of a marginalized group.
  • Providing an outlet for our creativity and self-expression.
  • It enables us to discover (with care) sources of valuable information and learning.
    • Social networks inspires us to lose weight.

negatives aspect of social media

As it’s a new technology, there are few confirmed good and bad consequences, of use social media. However, multiple studies have concluded that continuous use of social media increases the risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.

It also promote negativity if uncontrolled such as:

Inadequacy about your life or appearance. Even we know that images we’re viewing on social media are manipulated, they still make us feel insecure about how we look or what’s going in our own life. Similarly, we’re all well aware that other people only share the highlights of their lives, includes rare moments that everyone experiences.

But even then this thought doesn’t lessen those feelings of desire and dissatisfaction when we are scrolling through a friend’s extremely coated photos of their tropical beach holiday or going through new post about their exciting new promotion at work.

Fear of missing out (FOMO). Social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram arose feelings in ourselves that others are having more fun or living better lives than we are. The thought like you are lacking certain things can impact your self-esteem, trigger anxiety, and fuel even greater social media use. FOMO can drive you to pick up your phone after every few minutes to check for updates, or overwhelming respond to each and every alert—even you’re driving, sleeping at night, and dominating your social media interaction over real world relationships. 

Isolation. A study at the University of Pennsylvania states that high usage of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram increases the feelings of loneliness. And this is also proved  that reducing social media usage make you feel less lonely and isolated and  help to improve your overall wellbeing.

Depression and anxiety. It is psychological fact that human beings need face-to-face contact for their mental wellbeing. An interesting fact that, nothing reduces stress and makes your mood best or feel you happier than eye-to-eye contact with someone who cares about you. The more you spend your time on social media then in-person to person relationships, the more you’re at risk for developing or experiencing mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Cyberbullying. About 10 percent of teens reported for being bullied on social media and many other users are subjected to offensive comments. Social media platforms such as Twitter is hotspots for spreading hurtful rumors, lies, and abuse that can leave lasting emotional scars.

Self-absorption. Sharing endless selfies and all your innermost thoughts on social media can create an unhealthy self-centeredness and distance you from real-life connections.

Inadequate sleep. Rapid use of social media results in in inadequate sleep. Staying up late to continue scrolling through the social media feeds,  is a habit known as vamping. And most of teens are victim of it.

Lack of physical activity.  Scrolling social media on our phones or other devices meant us to sat for longer periods of time and reducing our time for exercise. As a result, we missed out on the beneficial impact of exercise on mental health.

Eye problems. We can get eyestrain from staring at screens for too long. if still remain uncontrolled it may result in permanent blindness which is issue taken account of.

Fatigue. This is another cause of overusing social media. If we are staying up too late posting on Twitter or Facebook, you may be losing valuable sleep. Result in fatigue and weakness that will disturb our normal healthy life.

Distraction. One of the most dangerous potential consequences of social media addiction is driving while using phone. Texting while walking is another serious issue.

Increases obesity. It’s thought that if we see on social media that your friends are gaining weight, then we may believe that it’s OK to do the same. Social media changes the perception of what’s accepted.

Leads to eating disorders: Research found that women who used Facebook a lot had more body image concerns, and are highly involved in eating disorder behaviors. These women crave to get more “likes” and appreciating comments on their posts, and they compare their photos with their friends.

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