Social Medi Is Virtual Reality Is Not Reality?

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“Virtual Reality” Is Not Reality Social media is defined as, “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations… that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content” (Dijck 4). Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., have become an essential part of life in the 21st century, whether it be occupational, personal, or educational. Because it is so important for everyday life, citizens of the digital age need to know the balance between staying updated and knowing when they are being poisoned by a bright screen. Many teenagers today would argue that social media is a necessity. That it is simply a progression of society allowing us as humans to become more connected; however, the rising frequency…show more content…
The youth of America has grown so attached to the online world that they have difficulty functioning in the real world. Studies have shown that “when young adults (ages 17–23) were asked to give up social media for 24 hours, they experienced symptoms that were similar to a drug addiction. Eighty percent of students experienced mental and physical distress, panic, and confusion” (Sheldon 121). Even traditional ideas of courtship and relationships are changing. In the New York Times it 's stated “picking up the telephone and asking someone on a date-- required courage, strategic planning and a considerable investment of ego… Not so with texting, email, twitter or other forms of “asynchronous communication”(Williams). Social media has not always been an issue. However, as users dedicate exponential amounts of time staring at screens it has gone from innocently entertaining to potentially harmful. “Internet addiction is a behavioral problem that has gained increasing scientific recognition in the last decade with some researchers claiming it is a ‘21st Century epidemic’” (Kuss and Griffiths 1). Technology has aided human civilization in countless ways, it’s cured
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