Addiction to Social Networking Sites
Addiction normally refers to habitual behavior which results in negative impacts. In numerous addictions, individuals feel compelled towards doing particular activities so frequent that they end up becoming harmful habits that disrupts other vital activities, for instance, school (Chu, & Kim, 2011). Social media is viewed to be a positive invention since it assists individuals to remain connected with friends and relatives (Chu, & Kim, 2011). When it was designed, the innovators of social networking sites would never have imagined the impact these sites will have upon people. Even though social networking sites are linked with numerous advantages, they may be addictive and greatly impact one’s life. For example, when an individual does absolutely nothing, however, stay online as well as stay connected on Twitter or else Facebook, it consequently interrupts their daily functionality; this is simply an addiction, and is a mental problem. Accordingly, this understudy will focus on signs and effects of addiction to social media.
A large number of persons, who have an addiction to social networking sites, spend ample time ensuring that their lives are in perfect conditions to post online. One sign of social networking addiction is when every day is designed towards perfection, as it will be reflected on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. If an individual considers what he/she does as well as where he/she hang out and how this will mirror on social networking sites, this individual is extremely addicted to social networking sites (Griths, Kuss, & Demetrovics, 2014).
Today, nothing is kept private. Every feature of an individual’s life is on Twitter and Facebook from the time one steps out of the bed to the time one goes to sleep. Numerous people post themselves applying make ups, having an issue in life, for instance, a funeral. This is referred social media addiction. Whenever an individual is not in a position to carry out anything, without uploading it on social networking sites, this individual has an addiction to social media. Moreover, if all aspects of life are shared amid pals, there is limited time for that individual to enjoy whatever he/she is doing; consequently, this greatly affects their daily lives, especially among students as their academics are greatly affected (AL-Tarawneh, 2014).
Any individual who cannot carry out his/her daily errands, and as an alternative, find her/himself frequently on social networking sites, is without doubt addicted to it. An example is when a housewife leaves their house chores unattended and instead is either on Twitter or Facebook is addicted to social networking sites. If job life is impacted, plus employers are frequently asking an employee to perform his/her duties since he/she spends most of the time on social media, this employee is suffering from social networking addiction. Spending a lot of time on social media as well as unable to sleep as one is actively engaged in it is likewise a sign of this addiction (Chu, & Kim, 2011). There is an enormous difference amid staying up to finish a job and not going to sleep as one does not want to miss anything being posted on social media. Inadequate sleep may negatively impact an individual’s energy level, besides, can affect an individual’s disposition. All this may negatively affect life.
Social media addiction triggers negative interactions (Griths, Kuss, & Demetrovics, 2014). Most frequently, technology may bring forth zero interaction, or negative interaction between couples, siblings, or parent and their kids. It denies families the opportunity to learn and model with one another social cues, communication skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and bonding. As human beings, we are social being by nature plus we yearn for bonding in relationships. We might perceive that we are linked via social media; nonetheless, it takes away our aptitude to see and hear verbal or nonverbal messages. Researchers have discovered that as guardians increase their screen time, so does the kids. Screen time included TV, smart phones, video games and computers. Kids mimic what they are taught and see, and whenever guardians utilize electronics while in a park with their kids, the kids are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors.
Addiction to social media has a negative impact on physical health. It can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Whenever one engage in a lot of keying, one might encounter problems which affect one’s wrists or hands. Also, there are certain problems linked with keying on smart phones, which may strain the tendons located in the figures. One can develop eye problems as one gets eyestrain as a result of staring the screen for a long period. Fatigue is another effect of overusing social networking sites. If a person stays up too late updating posts on Facebook or Instagram, he/she end up losing valuable rest or sleep. Additionally, addiction to social media causes distraction, for instance, driving whereas being distracted. Studies have alleged that one may get injured chatting and walking.
Whenever an individual post all their day to day activities on social media platforms, it becomes simple for people to start a comparison. Automatically, people start to critic their lives with those of others and frequently forget there is a difference between a person’s real life as well as their virtue life. Studies have found that if people’s computers and photos are taken away they feel totally uneasy as they are unable to view the degree of notifications on their online profile (Griths, Kuss, & Demetrovics, 2014). When numerous pictures are being converted into funny content, it is simple to make things which have severe connotation to something which is completely ridiculous. Due to this, diverse features on the social networking sites automatically are designed towards looking dazzling and their negative effects are demeaned. People often engage in debates over realities as well as perceptions. If they are unable to acquire numerous likes on their pictures their probability to get depressed is high. Accordingly, the number of suicide cases has tremendously heightened ever since the utilization of social networking platforms since it has allowed persons to hide behind while making people feel bad about themselves.
Addiction to social media is real. Actually, it is a real mental problem. Social media addiction triggers negative interactions. Most frequently, technology may bring forth zero interaction, or negative interaction between couples, or parent and their kids. Addiction to social media has a negative impact on physical health. It can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, fatigue, distraction, eye problems and lack of exercise. These are some of the effects addiction to social media has on individuals. Thus, it is imperative that technology is utilized in a balanced way towards ensuring it does not impact one’s personality in a negative manner. Any individual, unable to control life as a result of social media needs immediate help. Also, any individual whose life is impacted negatively due to social media ought to step aside and take a gander at his/her life and set his/her priorities straight.
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