Is Social Media Affecting Our Society? Essay

773 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Is Social Media Affecting Our Society? Social Media has a lot more negative effects on our society than it does positive. Social media allows people from all over the world to interact through discussion, photos, videos, and audio. According to Dr. Shannon M. Rauch, “one of the main reasons we use social media is for self-distraction and boredom relief” (Whiteman 17). The latest statistics show that 74% of American Adolescents use social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat, and pinterest ("Social Networking"). Allowing 24 hour media access has caused the amount of time people spend on social media to rise dramatically. Some people say that today’s eight to eighteen year olds will devote an average of seven hours and thirty-eight minutes a day but, will manage to pack a total of ten hours and forty-five minutes worth of media content into those seven and a half hours just by multi-media browsing. So, we are overdoing it. Social Media sites entice people to waste time. Every day we are reminded that your days are limited and you should make the best of the time given to you. How are people expected to do that wasting all their time on social media? A study at The University of Bergen in Norway, developed a scale to measure Facebook addiction ("Social Networking" ). The researchers found that people who are more anxious and socially insecure are more likely to use the social networking site. We know that many people…

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