How much social media can we take before needing a break?

By Cesar Valdes Blog 1/2

Have you ever been on social media so much that you decided to take some time off from the never-ending cycle of news and commentary?

Me neither. It’s actually very entertaining.

However, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, nearly 60 percent of 790 teenagers polled in the United States have taken a hiatus from their social media sites.

The poll surveyed teens between the ages of 13 and 17. It also indicated that a large portion of these teens took it upon themselves to take their break. Less than half of these teenagers were forced off social media by their parents.

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Some of these teens said they enjoyed the connections they make through social media, while another portion believed it was a place full of negativity.

Of the teens surveyed, half of them had breaks of at least a week. The survey also concluded that boys are more likely to take longer breaks than girls. During these breaks, many of the teens felt a sense of relief and even began to connected better with the people around them.

But most of the breaks were short lived. Despite feeling less stressed and more relief, they stated that everything went back to normal once they returned back to their social media sites.

It’s an interesting trend that’s going on given the increasing popularity of social media and the access to it all.

If there’s one thing for certain, however, it’s that social media is only adding to the Age of Information.

The survey concluded that boys were more likely to feel overwhelmed with information and that girls felt the pressures of to constantly impress their audience.

There are still some limitations to the poll, though. For starters, the survey was only conducted between Dec. 7 to 31. Secondly, it was done over the phone and online through minors, which created some problems as well. Parents would have to give consent for their children to be interviewed by the panel, AmeriSpeak. The margin of sampling error was calculated at plus or minus 4.6 percentage.

Sources:

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353360/poll-even-teens-need-social-media-breaks

http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article147124509.html

Image credit: Paul Sakuma, File AP Photo

Instagrammable

By: Nathan Cooper

There has been some a new term floating around for awhile now: Instagrammable. Accord to Urban Dictionary, “instagrammable is a photo that is worth posting on Instagram”. (Urban dictionary, LJM1213). A lot of Instagram users have taken the app and turned it into an online portfolio of sorts. They showcase their photography skills and often times have an aesthetic that coincides with their profile. On the other hand there are others that use Instagram to post random content that often looks up looking like a hodge-podge aesthetically. A lot of people post content that would not be considered “instagrammable” by the average user and sometimes these people receive flack for doing so.

Some things that are usually considered “instagrammable” are trendy food or drink items such as the unicorn frappuccino from Starbucks. Food is a very popular topic to post about. A lot of times someone goes to a nice looking café and orders a coffee they might feel the need to snap a picture. The vibe of the environment might feel instagrammable so they put a nice little filter on their picture and come up with a  caption and boom it is uploaded. All of the sudden their followers are so captivated with the shop you’re at and feel the need to go there and get their own picture.

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The phrase is even popular enough that google can come up with some auto search results for it such as, “instagrammable places near me” or “instagrammable restaurants”. There are a lot of people who go out of their way to seek out places to take pictures that they feel will look nice and get attention on their personal accounts. Although the phrase has declined some in popularity it still floats around and is probably here to stay for awhile.

Sources:

  1. LJM1213. “Instagrammable.” Urban Dictionary. N.p., 19 May 2016. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

Is Social Media Making Us Look Dumb Even with Higher IQ’s

robotIt’s hard to remember a life before social media today. The first social media account I used was AIM, and the only reason I had that was because I hacked into my sisters and talked to all of her cute high school boyfriends (Yes, I was only in 3rd grade). It used to be so entertaining to see what new social platform was going to come out next, but now I’m almost “over it”. I’m just to the point I think social media is on its way to making us robots. I mean, come on… We all kinda look stupid walking around 24/7 with our eyes glued to our phones guessing which Kardashian just broke up with her hubby or what tweet Trump just blasted. We the people can’t even walk while being on our phones… check this out. Epic fail. So, is social media making us dumb? According to Sonia Simone, we are distracted. That’s a nice way to put it. Simone also said, “If you’re looking for reason to despair at the future of our civilization, all you need to do is get into a car. The roads are blocked with drivers pulling ever-more random moves while updating Periscope and playing game after game of Dumb Ways to Die, Cruel Irony Edition.” Is that seriously what our society is coming to? Swerving and risking our lives to updating your newest app out on the market. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a AVID social media addict. I spend at least 3 hours on my phone a day just scrolling (more so creeping) through my social media timelines. As much as I’ve been contemplating how dumb I believe social media is making us, apparently I am wrong. The American Psychological Association claims we are indeed getting smarter as day turns to night. The average person in 2012 had a higher IQ than 95% of the population in 1900! Okay, so maybe I’m just the dumb one for thinking we are all progressively getting dumber as the days go on. This particular article by Lea Wireman is super interesting. Just chatting it up about how much our IQ has gone up in the best decades. Even though studies say our IQ is on the rise, I think social media is making us into robots. It may not be making everyone more dumb, but I think social media is swaying us that direction. All I have left to say is, be careful next time your walking in a mall while on your phone, and try not to fall in.

 

 

Work Cited:

Simone, Sonia. “Is Social Media Making Us Dumb?” Copyblogger. N.p., 09 Feb. 2016. Web. 19 Feb. 201

Wireman , Lea. “Smarter than ever? .” Pardon Our Interruption. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.

Dailydot. “5,000 animated humans walking and texting in Japan looks like a disaster.” The Daily Dot. N.p., 31 Mar. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.

Blog By: Ashton Presley

Social Media Addiction?

By Ashleigh Cue

Image found on Flickr, created by Federico Morando
Image found on Flickr, created by Federico Morando

Addiction is a serious condition. A survey showed that 23.5 million Americans suffer from substance or alcohol addiction. Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines addiction as: a strong and harmful need to have or do something regularly. There are several different addictions out there: drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. However, new “addictions” are starting to emerge and one of them is the addiction to social media/social networking.

According to AdWeek, Social media accounts for about 28% of the time people spend on online media. Teenagers, 15-19 years old, spend about 3 hours a day on social media. 18% of social media users cannot go a few hours without checking their Facebook and 28% of iPhone users check their Twitter account before getting out of bed in the morning. It is estimated that the average American spends a quarter of their workday on social media doing non-work related activities.

Two articles published on Washington Post’s website, talked about research that linked social media, Facebook particularly, to addictions. The first article stated that MRI data from compulsive Internet users showed similar changes to the users’ brains as those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

Image found on Flickr, created by Federico Morando
Image found on Flickr, created by Federico Morando

The second article stated that while Facebook shows similar MRI changes, it is significantly different than drug abuse. While both Facebook and drugs activate similar parts of the human brain associated with impulsive behavior, Facebook does not inhibit the brain in any other way.

However, despite the amount of time the average American spends on social media, only 0.7 percent of people are strongly affected by addictive internet usage tendencies. Like drug and alcohol addictions, internet or social networking addictions can have negative impacts on health and life. Some of these negative health impacts include sleep deprivation, social isolation, and failure in school and marital relations.

It is difficult to say that social media or social networking is truly an addiction; especially since the very nature of social media encourages frequent use. Depending on how addiction is defined, the need to check social media frequently may or may not be considered an addiction. Using the Merriam Webster definition, it could easily be considered an addiction. However, frequent use of social media may not be considered an addiction under a medical book’s definition/criteria.

Whether or not excessive social media usage is considered an addiction, the fact remains that social media plays a big part in the lives of its users and in societies around the globe.

 

Sources:

Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2015

Bennett, S. (2014, December 30). Social Media Addiction: Statistics & Trends [INFOGRAPHIC]. Retrieved July 26, 2015

Gregoire, C. (2014, December 13). Research Links Addictive Social Media Behavior With Substance Abuse. Retrieved July 26, 2015

Gregoire, C. (2015, January 29). No, You Probably Won’t Get Addicted To Facebook. Retrieved July 26, 2015

Morando, F. (Creator). (2008, November 7). Untitled [Image]

Morando, F. (Creator). (2008, November 7). Untitled [Image]

New Data Show Millions of Americans with Alcohol and Drug Addiction Could Benefit from Health Care R. (2010, September 28). Retrieved July 26, 2015