ADDICTION OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is network based on computer that allows people to communicate, interact or associate with friends and family via an internet connection. One can chat, share videos, pictures, views and many other activities are also accessible through social media. If compared the social media sites are most visited other than any websites. At present, around three billion people globally have a social networking account. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn enables us to stay connected to our closed ones and also keep us updated by the day to day happenings worldwide.

Social media sites are often visited with about more than one billion users active on daily basis in order to count the number of likes on their post and update their status. As per various surveys conducted, it can be inferred that an individual spends about an hour minimum on these networking sites. The line between addiction and habit is very thin. The situation of addiction arises when an individual desires for something more than their actual need. It becomes addiction when people start to spend more and more time on social networking sites. Therefore, it is observed that in the present generation social media is becoming addicting and it is a matter to contemplate seriously. The increased dependency of an individual over a particular thing be it, food or drink or activity makes the person to feel helpless and eventually the person starts to loose control over themselves. The condition gradually turns worse leading to complex diseases related to brain.

“Social media is a wonderful medium, problem starts with its addiction.”

-Anonymous

The addiction of social media is severe that the person every now and then logs in their account meaninglessly and checks in at every place they go in order to update their status. The purpose behind to do so is sometimes just to kill or pass time. Such individuals begin to consider that posting pictures and informing about the day to day activities or chores on the social media is their moral duty. They begin to obsess over their activities on the networking sites.

The post effects of social media is not worth the while. The mental and emotional health of an individual is greatly disturbed. The often seem frustrated and an ease of escalating peer pressure is seen in them while comparing oneself with the other. They are surrounded by the sense of dissatisfaction and hopelessness. The individuals found suffering from social media addiction are desperate, stressed and fatigued. There is a constant rise in their level of anxiety and consequent fall in productivity. The frequent pop up notifications prevent them from focusing on essentials things in their lives.

Thus, it can be concluded that it is important to recognize the addiction of social media at an early stage prior the situation becomes worse. People must remember that it is not their social duty to be in social media throughout the day rather they must give themselves time to self- reflect and divert their attention to more essential things in life.

” One day you will look back and recall all the time you spent on social media and wonder why you didn’t invest that time someplace else.”

– Germany Kent