Essay on Social Media Addiction

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Social Media Addiction:

Effects on Mental Well-being

By Wesley Poore

wpoore@unomaha.edu

The author is an undergraduate in the School of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha. This paper was written for a Social Media Metrics course in Spring, 2013.

Social Media Addiction:

Effects on Mental Well-being

This paper will focus on Internet addiction and the potential psychological issues it can create for college students. The Internet is changing the way we live but not always in a better way. The overuse or abuse of Internet can have negative influences on our lives and lead to maladaptive behaviors (Işıklar, 2011). This is more profound in the adolescent age group of people growing up with the internet (Fisoun,
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The internet lacks visual, aural and emotional feedback, and this provides psychological distance from persons with who these insecurely attached students interact (Weinstein, 2011). Also, these people may be using the internet as a form of a low-risk social approach and an opportunity to rehearse social behavior and communication skills (Weinstein, 2010). However, relying on this approach has been shown to lead to social anxiety and discontent with peer interactions. Some adverse consequences could be arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and even fatigue. Whatever the reason is for people to become addicted, it is likely to increase in the future given exponential growth of internet use. The more that people use the internet, the more they will have problems suppressing their online behavior in real life.

RQ2: What are the effects that internet addiction has on college-aged students? Through the research I have found that there are many different effects that internet addiction has on these college-aged students. Let’s start with one of the more obvious, insomnia. It is the inability to get enough, quality sleep and without treatment, sleep deprivation can be a health hazard. It has been shown that insomnia, snoring, apnea, teeth grinding and nightmares are higher in internet addicts than in non-addicts (Weinstein, 2011).

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