How is Social Media Hurting You?

How is Social Media Hurting You?

April 17, 2017

It is hard to imagine a world without Facebook, YoutTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, Tumblr, Tinder, Bumble, or any other number of options for online interactions.  In fact, Generation Z, known for growing up in this digital world, is reported to spend 38% of their awake time on their smartphones, with a large chunk of that time being dedicated towards social media.

In this newfound digital world, communication and networking is capable of being done within seconds regardless of distance or time of day.  As a result, we know with a click of a button we are able to interact with any of the thousands of social connections we have.  While this technology is incredible, it has long-run negative effects if used too much.


How social media affects cognitive functions

Firstly, the human mind develops a sense of awareness based on four different mechanisms.  Enactive, allows your thoughts and their perceived outcomes to be paired according.  Stabbing yourself would be painful and opening the fridge will display food.  Vicarious, associates the actions of others with outcome and develops symbolic relationships.  Flip phone are outdated and traveling is fun.  Social, offers judgement on an action based on the beliefs of others.  People think smoking is cool, so I will try it.  Logical, checks thought/outcome pairing to look for inconsistencies with respect to current knowledge.

Social media alters how these thought processes function in our lives.

With more time being spent on social media, there is little time for personal enactive thought where people develop their own thoughts and opinions and much more dedication to perceived social beliefs and symbolic associations.  Transferring personal thoughts from a development of identity to a comparison against the world makes for an impossible game of insecurity.

Furthermore, since people are constantly online and choose what to share, there will always be a firehose of content consumption available and most of it will reinforce ambitious assumptions of the world.  This reliance has developed an addictive nature to social media where users continuously go back for more.  Even more so, 1 in 3 users say they do not feel good after using social media (either angry, anxious, or depressed).


How social media affects interpersonal relationships

Since relationships can be easily had online, fewer and fewer people associate talking to a friend with real-life interaction.  Additionally, as people have increased insecurity and heightened belief of others, personal relationships suffer and are much less willing to be open and authentic.

Finally, the conception of “ghosting” has risen knew heights where screens serve as a barrier for people to hide behind.  An unwanted conversation goes unanswered and a lack of empathy means a lack of assistance.  Asking for a favor in person versus online means a 34x better chance of getting help.  People are just less likely to view situations from a different person’s perspective online.

How can you solve these problems?

Obviously deleting Facebook is not possible for most people and Tinder offers benefits for many, but how can you help avoid these negative consequences of social media? Regulate.

Too many people consume content online without thinking twice.  The process of pulling out their phone to look at their newsfeeds, swipe, or respond to texts is second-nature.  This content then affects them without people being self-aware of what is happening and why.  This lack of self-awareness is the root of much of the social media adversities.

Changing your lifestyle to only look at social media during set hours during the day and taking the time to really think through messages, posts, and other content online, rather than scrolling, will let you better internalize the material and let you develop your own personal thoughts and opinions.

Finally, if you can cut out social media networks and condense usage to a select few, this can eliminate noise from your life and prevent you from overwhelming your senses.

Ensure you always let technology empower your life and personal mindset and try to minimize time spent on social media, so as to give yourself more time for personal reflection and physical interactions.

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