Social Media: The Negative Side Effects
In recent years, social media has been a leading contributor to the success of companies, brands, and even promotion of our own personal lives. People are able to connect and update others with constant posts. We currently live in a world where people are consumed by their technological devices and constantly converse through social networking platforms. But what is not discussed is how much social media is affecting our brains and the way we live our day-to-day lives.
According to AsapSCIENCE, social media sites are currently being used by 1/3 of the entire world. In their video created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, they explain that our brains are being altered based on our Internet use and we do not even realize it.
As they pointed out, social media can cause a psychological addiction. We become too neurologically stimulated by things that are, in actuality, not that exciting. It is ironic that people can switch in and out of different social media platforms within a quick time span, yet are unable to succeed in multitasking tests. Within the first minute of that video, it made me realize that there are a lot of negative connotations that come along with social media.
Studies and Psychological testing have proven that social media has a very harmful affect on today’s youth. Things associated with excessive social media interaction are:
- cyber bullying
- morphed perceptions of one’s self
- social anxiety
- inability to focus
- poor academic grades
And that is just to name a few. In this age of technology we are very impressionable. We want what the person next to us has. Mariel Norton of The Next Web blog states that, “In a nutshell we evaluate our own experiences against what we believe our experiences should be.” When we scroll through Facebook non-stop and see posts of people living what seems to be fulfilled and excitable lives, we automatically become unsatisfied with our own life experiences. This can often lead to depression, loneliness, and social anxiety. But we have to remember that Facebook and other social media sites portray an edited, morphed version of ourselves. We have the power to post only the “pleasant” pictures and distort or make up any story we desire. In this way, social media can be very misleading because you are not showing the true, full picture. Not only is too much time being wasted on media addictions, but it also becomes a problem when social media begins to completely take over real life interactions.
Of course using social media definitely has its positive advantages, but when it becomes a big addiction that you cannot control, that is when we have to step back and realize that we are developing too much of a dependence on these technologies. Imagine if social media suddenly ceased to exist tomorrow. Could we easily revert back to the days of no social media, or are we already in too deep?
By Samantha Delaney