Addiction of Social Media Essay

1099 Words Sep 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Social Media: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Truth.
The very first electronic mail was sent in 1971 but in just over 40 years, social media has become a global phenomenon. Social media are websites or applications that allow people to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings through mediums like photos, music and videos. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Ask.fm are just a few examples of such platforms. Social media has made the world a smaller place with just a click of a few buttons. One could literally do anything, such as, posting photos, making videos or exchanging ideas. Furthermore, through social media, one can also readily share ideas and easily communicate with people around the globe. With the convenience and accessibility it brings,
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To worsen the situation, teenagers who have seen photos or videos of others using drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, are four times more inclined to try and attempt it themselves (National, 2011). Following the “Monkey see, monkey do” phenomenon, all these pictures and videos can easily influence teenagers to pick up vices such as alcohol and drugs. Additionally, posting on the social media of one using alcohol or drugs, results in more social attention from peers and this further add on to the satisfactory feelings that the addictive substances can give (Goodwin, 2011). This cycle, fuelled by social media, makes it even harder for one to stop using the addictive substances, as even if the drugs do not directly provide pleasure, the attention that one gets on their social media by posting their use of the addictive substances would make one continue to use them. This situation is further worsened by the huge amount of time people spent on social media, which meant more exposure to such influence.

It is an irony that social platforms can turn individuals more antisocial than ever. Social media can create problems sneak to our daily life, in every possible way. According to a recent poll survey, 24% admitted that they had missed crucial events such as weddings, birthdays as a result of using social media platforms during the event itself (Deppe, 2011). In fact, two out of five people spend more time communicating through social media than through

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