BY Brittany Vinson
Social media has had such a significant impact on today’s society and its presence continues to grow on a daily basis. Between having the latest technology and social media/networking sites it’s as if we’re always connected in some way, shape or form. Whether it’s logging into Facebook and scrolling through our timeline only to sign out to check notifications on Twitter and Instagram; social media is everywhere. According to an article on Pew Research Center, approximately “two-thirds of American adults,” are using social media site, a seven percent increase from its previous research finding in 2005.
Now don’t get me wrong, social media/ networking is an amazing tool to utilize. It allows us to stay connected to our family and friends who may be miles away and also presents us with potential job opportunities. Often times we get so caught up on with social networking and social media we can spend hours staying engaged in our findings. In fact, people in the U.S. check their social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) approximately 17 times a day, according to an article on Digital Trend.
Keeping all of this in mind, the question of how connected is too connected begins to arise. Being too involved in social media results in lack of face to face conversations and can cause you to become so wrapped up with the online world that you forget about the real world. This is often derived from fear of missing out (FOMO). Having the constant need to know what is going on online and fearing that you might miss out on something important if you’re not logged on.
A negative effect of FOMO and being too connected is if you tend to log into your social media account when you’re feeling unhappy or bored, “it’s not serving a positive function for you.”
With that being said, finding a balance between the real world and the virtual world would be a place to start. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with using social media and staying connected, but it’s important to remember that social media should be a tool that you control, no a tool you let control you.