There are 7.7 billion people on this planet, and more than 4.3 billion of them have access to internet and each have at least one or more social media profiles. And in my opinion if the rest, meaning 3.58 billion that are unfortunately in poverty had access to the internet they would also have an account making us very much influenced by social media. Today I will explain why I believe social media is making us more antisocial.
Social media developed from being a platform for sharing human experiences to being a market of capturing and reselling attention.
For most people social media is the primary method of communication, in fact Facebook messenger and WhatsApp handle more than 60 billion messages a day. Most teens and adults till around 35 years of age use Instagram as a daily communication center so to say. As a matter of fact, 90 percent of Instagram users are younger than 35.
The most commonly used Instagram, snapchat, twitter, Facebook, and messenger, used an estimate sum of 74 billion dollars for advertisement in 2018, making me believe that people want use to become antisocial.
Obviously, it is a huge investment for business man, but it paid off since 202 million people joined social media between April of 2018 and April of 2019. That works out at a new social media user every 6.4 seconds, as stated in the source on the website brandwatch.
To focus a bit more on statistics Facebook adds 500.000 new users every day making these 6 new profiles every second. There are also around 270 million fake profiles on Facebook, which leads me to think that people might be forced if I use harsh words, to use social media to even have a normal conversation with someone.
For instance, most of peoples gossip now a days would be about something that someone posted, or reacted to, or wrote somewhere. While in the old days this was the same, but in a way which I consider as a more intellectual way, since people had to read on physical paper about gossip, anything that was happening in the country or even for new wars. In other words, information travels way quicker nowadays making people also under pressure about what they can or cannot post, comment to or write.
Social media not only makes us antisocial, but it is also very bad for our health. For some people social media can lead to depression and anxiety, spending too long on social media makes you think your life is useless since social media portrays the image of a perfect life, being wealthy and having a big fandom, which portrays the wrong image and in opinion it should be used to portray the issues we have nowadays such as global warming or world hunger and many more problems. To reduce this risk it is recommended to spend about 30 minutes to an hour per day on social media. Another thing social media causes is cyberbullying, there are many not only kids but also adults which are being cyberbullied daily. While social media made making friends easier, it also made it easier for predators so to say find victims easier. The anonymity that social media provides can be used to gain peoples trust and then terrorize them in front of their peers.
An additional problem of social media is connected to instagram celebrities, if you look at the most followed accounts on Instagram, you’ll find beautiful people wearing expensive clothes on their perfect bodies.Today, body image is an issue for many people of both sexes. Of course, seeing those perfect in accordance with the society standards people on a daily basis makes you conscious about how different you look from those pictures. And not everyone comes to the right conclusions in this situation.
The last bad aspect I would like to discuss is in my opinion the one of the I most agree to and that is the fear of missing out. This is a phenomenon that was born at the same time as Facebook and it’s one of the most common negative effects of social media. The fear of missing out is basically a form of anxiety that you get when you’re scared of missing out on a positive experience or emotions that someone else is getting. This fear is constantly fuelled by your social media engagement. The more you use social networks, the more likely you are to see that someone is having more fun that you are right now. And that’s exactly what causes FOMO, or the fear or missing out.
In conclusion I strongly believe that social media is making use more antisocial and that most of the people that are using social media use it because they are influenced by other people or friends or that they are scared to miss out on anything. I also believe that social media portrays a very unrealistic life that makes people unsatisfied of their own.
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