Time Spent on Social Media


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By Makayley Lindsey

Just how much time spent on social media is too much? I know personally, that I check my various social media accounts more than once an hour. I’m sure some people are a tad more active and obsessed about the latest trends than I am, but there has to be a line of how much time is too much?

There have been multiple studies about how too much time on social media is affecting teenagers in today’s society. In a recent article published by CBS News, cites a report published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, that even just one hour spent on social media could leave a teenager feeling less satisfied with their life.

The study found that, “Our results suggest that spending more time on social networks reduces the satisfaction that children feel with all aspects of their lives, except for their friendships,” the authors wrote in the paper’s abstract, adding that “girls suffer more adverse effects than boys.”

I could see how spending too much time on social media could lead to a person being less satisfied with their life, for example all of the people on Instagram who make their lives look so extravagant by posting their vacation photos. But are they really? Or is it just for show? Users of social media are constantly comparing their lives to someone else who is maybe more advanced in their career, had a baby, recently engaged or married, or even went on an exotic vacation.

A CNN article gave some very interesting facts that could give more details as to how social media users are affected by the amount of time spent on social media.

“A Common Sense survey called Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image found that many teens who are active online fret about how they’re perceived, and that girls are particularly vulnerable:”

  • 35 percent are worried about people tagging them in unattractive photos.
  • 27 percent feel stressed about how they look in posted photos.
  • 22 percent felt bad about themselves if their photos were ignored.

Today’s society is constantly worried about how many likes you get, who watches your story, etc. I think if everyone just starts to use social media less often and not worry so much about your most recent post then maybe people will stop trying to live the life that someone portrays on their social media account.

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