For many social media is a platform to send and receive information. Like most individuals, this is where it begins and ends. However, more people are finding themselves addicted to this form of communication. Have you ever wondered drives someone to post endless updates or chronically checks for updates and gets upset when there are none? Is it because they are suffering from depression, anxiety, narcissism, paranoia or other psychological disorders? Even though social media addiction is not a considered a valid and recognized disorder, it does exist. Can it be proven that the same underlying psychological issues that can cause one to become addicted to substances are the same for an addiction to social media?
Imagine living without social media. We the general population simply can not do without social media in today's world. Our society is evolved around social media. Social networking has become a never-ending cycle. The first thing we do when we wake up is to reach for our smart phone to check for any notifications. When we are working, we tweet to our friends. Throughout the day we take photos of ourselves “selfies”, and post them on Instagram. Finally, at the end of the day we log in to Facebook to post and change a status based on how we feel. Why do we spend so much of our time in social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.? The answer is simple - it's addiction.
Adolescence is the period of the approaching of the maturity. It characterizes by instability, rebellion, and constant renewal and progress in the rise towards human perfection. The danger of this stage is the shift from childhood to adulthood and the changes in the various appearances of growth (physical, mental, social, Emotional, religious, and moral). Teenagers are exposed to numerous conflicts, both internal and external. Adolescence is influenced by the experiences of the child in the previous stages and development is a continuous process and connected. Modern social structures in which adolescents live are responsible for the adolescent crisis. The more adolescents use social networking sites and the more they are given the mental importance
Social media; almost everyone in the Unites States take a part of this phenome. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter; it is apart of everyday life. Social media is what keeps the world spinning, bringing its users updates on what is going on in the world and the world revolving around their friends. It is our generation 's new form of communication through “likes”, “shares”, “comments”, and “friend requests.” What makes us so addicted to looking down at our phones, and engaging in social media applications? According to the article “The Psychology of Social Media: The Deep Impulses That Drive Us Online” by Courtney Seiter; going on social media stimulates the brain, making users prone to go on social media, gives users an easy way to communicate,
Social media is so popular that according to a recent article published by forbes.com, “72% of American adults are currently using social media sites; that figure has gone up 800% in just 8 years”(Olenski). Social networking was originally created to simply reconnect people with old high school pals, but in recent years it has evolved into a completely different operation. When social media first originated it was also intended for adult usage, which has in recent years expanded into the usage of all ages. Social media can create a negative affect on lives because it has been proven to be a dangerous addiction, for it takes away interpersonal relationships that are essential in life, and it has been proven to prevent people from being productive in life.
Karrie Lager, a child psychologist practicing in Los Angeles, says. “However, excessive internet use can have serious negative consequences,” she explains in response to a survey published by CASA Columbia (Stein, 2014). Dr. Lager has a great point, she believes that the use of technology for communication is a great thing for children, but she also agrees that using it to excess can be harmful and dangerous to a child. A lot of children, as well as adults use social media as fuel to their self-esteem and their self-worth, by doing so they become addicted wanting to use it more and more to never feel less than they should. Unfortunately because of this the addictive tendencies are becoming more apparent “Social media is simply providing a quicker peeling of the onion, however in most cases the problems were already there,” Dr. Sophy says, “Many people are genetically predisposed to use excessive amounts of potentially harmful tools (sex, substances, food, social media, etc.) to self soothe. And yet there are others who learn these behaviors due to life circumstances and events” (Stein, 2014). As you look closer to the problem one can understand that there are beneficial factors to social media but they can also see that there are factors that are harmful. If children are using social media more and more there is naturally going to be
The use of social networking sites is rising at great rates. According to a report conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2012, ninety-five percent of individuals aged 12-17 use the internet; and eighty-one percent of those use social network sites (Pew Interest). Although it is known that social media can have a useful impact on lives, often times people forget that with a positive comes a negative. The continual use of social network sites will impact teen lives more negatively than positively because they can cause huge distractions from valuable and critical pursuits like education; they can also cause mental health issues and a reduction in communication skills.
Research proposal: social networking’s effects on mental health
How the social networking influents young people’s psychological well-being? Since the World Wide Web appeared in the world in the year of 1991, the internet has significantly changed people’s life on almost every level. Especially when the social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, became popular during the last decade, people’s lifestyles have greatly changed by this form of communication, which consequently brings many psychological effects on the young people. As the result, according to the recent researches, the teenagers and the young adults in this era are bearing many mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, due to the social
Individuals should understand that the use or nonuse of social media has negative and positive effects on their lives whether they recognize them or not. Students who excessively use social networking applications can be negatively affected because they are spending too much time on these applications rather than paying attention in class, completing homework, studying, s...
We live in a world that has become addicted and dedicated toward social media and it is driving America’s youth into the ground. Teenagers and adults are so wrapped up in social media that is runs their lives every day. Constantly people are checking their phones for the latest on social networks. They have to see pictures, tweets, statuses, comments, likes, and the list goes on and on. Social media is becoming the focus point in the modern American society that it is beginning to control people’s social skills, communication skills, and their livelihood.