This article can be referred to if you want to know the toll of social media platforms that you are already using, but cannot make yourself move off of it or if you are deciding to hop on a new enticing social media platform as a part of peer pressure or at your own compliance, it is still important to know how much it can cost you, is it worth your time, how much is in it or you, and how much can you learn and know scrolling on it, apart from using it as a procrastination resource.
At times when we think about people living various lifestyle-eating at a gourmet restaurant, deep diving from a waterfall, marrying their best friend of 10 years; we undergo an overwhelming morph of opinions, feelings-destructive and constructive and having this process occur often can become overwhelming, frustrating and depressing at times but here is the catch- you may never know how much it is tolling on you until it becomes irreversible.
The effects may be seen with changes in the mental health, behaviour routines, appetite, sleep cycles, and focusing capabilities among numerous ones. Obsession with social media, indicates that your conscience likes to learn information about others be it viewing whatsapp statuses or instagram stories of people you couldn’t care less about. It affects the mindset, thinking process, opinions and this creates a vast effect on teenagers with a budding mind.
People use social media or various reasons- it might be of professional relevance, provide knowledge about concepts better than other learning methods-art tutorials ,makeup launches, quick snack recipes, aesthetic wallpapers with a wide range of media from satisfying soap cutting videos to funny pranks because you might need it after a long tiring day of work, it provides comfort by visually, auditory pleasing users with mood-assigned playlists, old painting restorations and cleaning timelapses to calm people with OCD, ADHD, or during panic attacks.
It also makes people feel less lonely with wholesome videos of animals, an old couple sitting together for a coffee, or a baby’s incoherent but adorable voice, which is refreshing to watch while travelling to work, between a lecture break, or lazy scrolling before a nap.
The thing social media is that it’s everywhere, in everybody’s lives with variations in professions, ages, and everything we could possibly imagine. It is almost omnipresent at this time, every picture that a celeb every posted with their new boo, a new song from a popstar or about a new book reading segment occurring near you, you can find, search, and know it all about a human sitting anywhere, by just sending them a request to avail following them, have it directly or tag a minister in a tweet- it is all possible simply because there is way too much exposure with way too many users taken on a blue screen. And that is why- here comes a spike that’s so good to be on social media it can be so addictive that it sticks like gum even when you don’t want it to.
It can give rise to insecurities or fuel already present ones, some users might hurt, offend the sentiments of other users knowingly or unknowingly by expressing their simple opinions, preferences, choices, reviews, feedback on projects, pictures and captions. Hence it’s a thin rope to walk on.
Often people-especially teens use social media sites as a platform to distract their minds off their tasks, perform procrastination on, and keep their thought processing busy with reading and looking at irrelevant stuff, but it’s so fun that it’s easy to get addicted, and difficult to resist after you aren’t oblivious about it anymore because it builts as a habit, integrated in your daily routine as a dimer that takes a lot of self-resistance to pick and throw out.
So all that matters is the way users propagate themselves on a site, might expose them completely naked to attacks, or get a burn out due to too much time expenditure. Users can blot the content they see and spend their time on by filtering through pages, accounts, and profiles that they follow and be systematic with their usage with apps that record the screen time that the user spends on various apps, and make daily goals to adjust their daily schedule for productivity and avoid drowning in the quicksand of colourful media that we try to process it all, at the same time, drinking it in simply because it’s free, captivating, affectionate but can be a rancid companion to hold hands with.