I was born in 1995, about a decade before social media began its takeover of the modern world we’re living in today. I consider myself very lucky to have had the chance to live in a world where social media didn’t really exist, even though I was very young and it was short-lived. It allows me to have a greater perspective of the impact of social media on consumers today and how it compares to when it was foreign to almost everyone not very long ago. While social media is a great way to connect and share with people, its become a norm for almost everyone on the face of the earth to have a Facebook account. I feel the reason for this is not many people like feeling left out of things.
Once Facebook became mainstream and everyone started getting accounts, the need to check and update Facebook became much more important for a lot of people. You want to keep up with what your friends and family are doing, whats going on in the world, and the latest funny videos on the internet but the more people join the network and make it part of their daily routine, the worse the impact is on the general population. More time is spent on the network because there is much more content to view and interact with, too much. Successfully integrating social media into your daily life without it having a negative (time-wasting) impact on one’s life is becoming more and more difficult as time progresses. There is simply too much content and too many people to keep up with for the average person to handle along with their job, schooling, outside relationships, etc. Here is an article published by Forbes magazine that discusses phone and social media addictions with teens and young adults.
I think the biggest challenge for many people is trying to resist checking their social media accounts when they have free time or when they’re distracted from the task at hand. It can become an impulsive routine that is both unhealthy and wastes time. One goal that I have for myself is that I want to spend less impulsive time on social media and exchange that with productive time that is planned more than just by habitual nature. I want to spend more time making posts that are engaging and useful to both me and my colleagues rather than just going on Facebook and scrolling through my feed mindlessly whenever I feel like it. These days, people are far too obsessed with staying connected 24/7 and not focused enough on both finding themselves and whats going on offline. Here is an article that suggests that social networks are designed to be addictive, it goes into great detail on social media addiction and the science behind it all.
I think the message that should be taken away from this blog post is that many of life’s pleasures should be enjoyed in moderation to ensure maximum productivity and self discipline. This is especially true for social media as it can most certainly be abused and over-used.
What do you think of social media? Do you find you’re using it too much? I’d love to hear your opinion!
Social Mediaddiction: Where Do We Draw The Line? Here we dive into the world of social media and assess some of the problems it can create for users around the world. http://bit.ly/2FoEFcO
Social Mediaddiction: Where Do We Draw The Line? http://bit.ly/2FoEFcO