Addiction To Social Media

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How one presents oneself on social media says a lot about their personality and how they view themselves. It has been proven that people with low self-esteem spend more time on social media and post updates more frequently in hopes of receiving peer approval (Greenfield 119). People with low self-esteem issues from social media have also been proven to have poor body images which leads to earlier sexual activity and low motivation and drive. Gallagher says that someone who has low self-esteem often with take less pictures of oneself than someone with high self-esteem because of their comfortability with their appearance (Gallagher N.p). Amy Morin writes that people with a lot of Facebook friends often have low self-esteem. People try to hide…show more content…
Their “addiction” to constantly being connected has disconnected them from society and kept them from obtaining their full potential (“The Negative Impacts… n.p). Many teenager spend most of their free time surfing the web, posting online, obsessing over their likes and comments, or scrolling through Instagram, instead of doing productive activities such as homework or exercise. Smith says that social media restrains her from finishing her homework or doing her chores quite often (Smith). This obsession has proven to be a major cause of procrastination and low motivation. Having an addiction to social media can be emotionally and physically…show more content…
It is no coincidence that more mental health issues have arisen since the rise of social media. In the last 25 years, depression and anxiety rates have risen by seventy percent in teenagers. In the last three years, the number of hospital stays for teenagers with eating disorders has more than doubled due to comparing themselves to celebrities and models seen on social media (“How Social Media Can Affect… n.p). This along with other things have caused many issues that have been observed in research. A group of people conducted a experiment in 2011 to see if the “Facebook depression” epidemic was real. They found that twenty-five percent of Facebook users display one or more depressive symptoms in their status updates. It was also discovered that those who spent more time online had more symptoms of depression (Morin n.p). There are many mental health issues that have become more evident since the use of social media, but there are also numerous physical health issues. Smartphone users tend to develop rounded shoulders, spinal curvatures, vertebrate disorders, and associated neck pain and headaches. Constantly staring at a screen that projects blue light such as smartphones, computers, tablets, etc causes damage to the retina and macular degeneration (“Effects Of Social Media On Physical Health” n.p). Another major physical health issue that is
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