Is social media making us anti-social? Even though social media has many benefits which can allow us to connect with families that live far away, friends around the world, and famous influencers. However, the benefits of social media can’t possibly outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, we need to be aware of how to be in control while using it. The use of social media has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. Whether we like it or not, we all have social media apps such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.
Social Media has significantly changed our society. The three most-cited problems of social media are internet addiction, sleep deprivation and self-doubt.
How sad and disappointing is it to see 14-18 teenagers comparing their lives and their future to what’s behind the screens? It’s hard for teenagers to not compare their lives with any other people when everything is being posted online. For teenagers, social media easily and quickly becomes a show, a platform for them to make their life look more amazing than others.
The problem is that it develops embellishment, a subtle but powerful form of lying. When we lie our true wisdom of personality and belonging are weakened. Those are two of the most imperative things teenagers are developing. Concentrating on making a fantasy, rather than grasping their true self, stunts their maturity.
Unfortunately, Internet addiction has been a world-wide problem among the youth, it’s one of the dangerous issues. Teenagers usually have emotions to invest in their social media accounts.
Not only they put too much pressure to reply quickly online, but they also feel pressure to have everything perfect like photos and well-written posts, which can cause a scary deal of anxiety. “You may think, “I’m not addicted, I can quit anytime!” Well if you have more Facebook friends than real friends, something must be done. If you spend more time on Twitter than in sunlight, it’s time for a change. If you spend more time working on your LinkedIn profile than doing actual work, it’s time for an intervention. Regardless of your excuse, this is not ok.” Ibrahim Husain.
I understand that social media became a part of our society. Yes, I have seen the good sides of it, and the worst sides of it, but I do know that you need to find ways to overcome this issue. So, the only way that works on such social media is limiting your time!! Believe me, nothing else really works. Schedule your use of social media. Turn off your notifications and spend more time with your loved ones. Start with a pen and paper, start with a book with a hobby. Find yourself!!
Dear friends, this is the time we take control of our time because we spend too many hours of our life on things that not improving our life. When was the last time you ask your mother and father to tell you about their teenage struggles? When was the time you haven’t used your phone for a whole day because you were busy enjoying life? This is the time we take control of our lives because the youth is slipping away fast and before you know you will find yourself turning 20, 25 and you will wish you haven’t wasted your youth on social media. We are the future, the doctors of the future, the teachers of the future, and the influencers of the future. We are the future, the hope, the success, the pride. Will social media take this far? Nothing worth taking this away. You should not let these apps take you away from your moment and the people surrounding you. It’s the time to simply sign out of your accounts and focus on who is around you, the person sitting next to you, at home, at school, and in the coffee shop. Do not make the latest updates distract your attention from the important things and remember, moderation is the key to control everything.