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how social media is affecting our lives

Updated: Mar 24



"Likes on social media don’t define me! They’re just a number!"



ADDICTIVE

When we hear addiction, we straight away think of drugs and alcohol. But did you know you can be addicted from social media? 30% of social media users spend more than 15 hours online! The reality is that we don't realise that social media is a problem. We wake up and try to keep our snapchat streaks going, we need to constantly update our status so our followers know where we are; but is that healthy?


BAD FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

Social media anxiety is a real disorder; from research found, almost 20% of people who have social media accounts cannot go more than three hours a day without checking them. Most common symptoms of social media anxiety disorder are:

  • Interrupting conversations to check your social media accounts

  • Spending over six hours per day on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

  • Having your phone with you 24 hours a day to check your social media sites

  • Negative impacts in your personal or professional life due to social media usage


COMPARE YOUR SELF TO OTHERS

We compare ourselves to others ALL. THE. TIME.

You see a picture on Instagram of a couple in Greece on a holiday and you start wishing that was you. All the Instagram models and influencers make us wish we were like them but we keep forgetting that their lives aren't perfect either. They are just like us.

Instagram models



CAN RUIN A RELATIONSHIP

Now, this is a big one and it is causing a problem everywhere. Social media can ruin families, friendships and relationships. Something like commenting or liking a girl's Instagram post if you are in a relationship can cause a heated argument.


ENCOURAGES TO MAKE UNNEEDED PURCHASES

Don't even get me started on the 'personalised' ads you see everywhere nowadays. You googled 'mug' 3 years ago and it sometimes still shows up! They try and find something you have been looking into that is on 'sale or reduced' just so that you make a purchase.


YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON THE REAL WORLD

We spend hours online that we don't realise how much we are missing out on. You prefer to stay when all your friends are going out because you prefer to live in the online world. We are getting addicted to social media without knowing it.


It actually annoys me when I am somewhere in public and I see these 15 year old's glued to their phones nonstop; whether it is at a restaurant with their parents, at the park with friends or even on a walk with a dog.


Our generation should worry about the planet and not the amount of likes we get on a post - I know we bloggers need social media but let's make sure we use it wisely.

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