Social Media Is A Cure For Boredom Essay

1634 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Many people have gotten used to using social networks as soon as free time presents itself. Checking Instagram while you’re sitting at a dentist office, scrolling through Facebook while your dinner is in the oven, or opening your messages as soon as you awake exemplify the mindlessness of a social media addiction. Social media is a cure for boredom, a lack of intriguing hobbies, and a method to attain the sought after title of “busy”; this obsessive habit often transitions into an addiction. An addiction by definition forms an uncontrollable desire, it can prevent someone from their work, studies, health, and relationships. If you don’t agree, think of how a room of “connected” people react when the Wi-Fi goes down. Social media is defined as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. Social networking can be defined as virtual communities where users create individual public profiles, interact with real-life friends, and meet other people based on shared interests. For the purpose of this essay I am focusing on Facebook, the largest social networking platform in order to assimilate internet addiction to that of a drug, gambling or alcohol addiction. Young defines the categories of “internet addiction” as computer addiction, web surfing addiction, and cyber-relationship addiction, which are embodied by Facebook. TOPIC SENTENCE HERE: Nir Eyal, a startup founder and author of Hooked: How to Build…

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