Social Media Addiction


By: Ashlyn Jo Hoppe

Social networks play a major role in our lives. While these habits are seemingly harmless, they cause more damage than one might think.

Social networks are very addictive.  Being in the “smartphone generation”, our accounts are readily available at our fingertips.

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Most people check their social media sites on a regular basis. I am not alone in checking my range of profiles multiple times in the same day. Most people have no idea how much time they actually spend on social media.

Social media addiction is the very real consequence of the dangerous habits some are forming from their dependance on social media. This is a result of social networking sites, such as Facebook, marketing their content in such a way that it is hard to resist.

Cornell University released a study outlining the factors as to why so many struggle to end their social media dependence.

The draw of these sites relies heavily upon people’s fear of missing out. Missing out on important news, updates and even trends that can lead us to “fall behind”.

These sites allow users to be under the false impression of human interaction- with out the actual interaction. They bring the lives of the user’s friends and family to their fingertips.

While this may appear to be a valuable tool, it can quickly spiral downwards when it becomes a person’s sole source for interaction.

To kick this habit, it is important to be conscious of how much time you spend on social media sites. It is also important to not rely of social networking for the majority if your social interactions.

If we are all constantly checking in on Facebook and DMing on Twitter, there is no telling what experiences we will really miss out on.

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