Realize the influence that social media now has on our daily lives. What it does is smacks us right in the face in awe after reading someones latest post. Perhaps someone we know. Perhaps someone more brilliant, more prettier or more well off than we are.
This could be their latest job promotion, a new car, their new baby, grandchildren, engagements, holidays, breakups, the food they ate. Everything.
It can get extremely overwhelming, once you get sucked into their vortex. Their extremely picture perfect plastic personas. Then at times jealousy, competitiveness and annoyance sets in.
What our current modern day society infused with technology does, is offers instant gratification on what anyone does, making us data hungry as we devour any small tidbit of news on those we know.
We’ll also scour our newsfeeds to get a glimpse into the lives of those we don’t know, but adore. Some call it stalking.
It’s now easy to get caught up with the image of someone, a person and their lives on social media, in all it’s magnified glory.
At times, it leads us feeling envious because of our inadequate lives, as we feel dejected once making comparisons with our so called successful “friends.”
Why You So Perfect
The new clinical term, the definition for this is known as social media addiction.
This new phenomena is now even classified as an actual psychological condition, this the impact that social media such as Twitter, Instragram and Facebook has on people.
The end result being those who feel inadequate will feel down on themselves, as they take low blow after low blow shots to their ego and their self-esteem.
The reason for this, is because they don’t measure up to their virtual counterparts online like they’re wanting to.
Social Media Is A Distraction From Real Life
What social media usually focuses on, are trivial matters such as what your Facebook friends ate for dinner last night, that cute dog doing tricks on video. This to pass the time.
Sure, they’re adorable and amusing, interesting to some, but not exactly life altering.
There are usually just a few true life altering momentous events in one’s life, these can include:
• Getting engaged
• Getting married
• Getting a job
• Buying a house
• Having children
• Getting separated
• Losing someone close to you, etc.
Events that many will also share on social media.
So because of this overexposure, experts now claim the time spent on social media for some, is beginning to distract them from living a real life.
The Drain Of Productivity
You need to admit that although social media does help in “connecting” more easier during the day, it also distracts and diverts our attention, while hampering productivity.
Then it makes it hard for our brains to focus on more than one task at a time. Which means you’re constantly tweeting and trying to do your job at the same time.
What you’re doing is placing the quality and accuracy of your job at risk, by diluting your overall productivity.
Feelings Of Inferiority And Inadequacy
So you log on to Facebook and in an instance, you’ll read about a boatload of events, job promotions, how someone made a million dollars, someone ran a marathon in record time.
We’re bombarded to this, about the fabulous lives of others within minutes.
We’re exposed to all this that’s happening to others, and then we constantly try to measure ourselves and our lives to theirs.
This is when we begin to feel inadequate, when Mary goes on a 3 week European vacation. Great for her.
Realize that people will just share their best ideal representations of themselves on social media, and not their bad events, the hurt or the sadness they experience in their lives.
Creates Certain Social Phobias
When you instinctively “like” a friends status on Facebook, it’s not the same as phoning and talking to them face-to-face, or going out for a coffee with them to catch up.
When you’re online and constantly wishing others “Happy Birthday” to those you know or don’t know, it can become overwhelming, which alters brain chemistry.
What Social Media Promotes Is Inactivity
Most will now spend the majority of their free time on the Internet, usually on the various social media networks.
What doing so does is contributes to making us feel guilty, inactive and lazy, as we know we should be doing something more productive.
This is why it becomes important to give your mind and body a break, away from your computer, such as doing something physical like exercising.
What being physical does, is increases the blood flow to the brain, alters its chemical makeup, which keeps you mentally sane and in perspective.
The Fear Of Missing Out
There’s another new social media symptom, that’s known as the Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO.
What this does is keeps you glued to your computer and Facebook in particular, this because you don’t want to potentially miss out on something that’s important.
This could be an event such as a social outing, birthday party, photos, or a business seminar that you think you can’t miss out on.
Promotes Anxiety And Unhappiness
What’s known is that constant social media usage to excess, can activate a list of emotions, the most prominent being that it creates a detachment from ones real life activities to a virtual one.
It’s not known whether those who may be prone to low self-esteem are more drawn to social media, or if it’s the other way around.
There are numerous medical studies however, that supports excess social media exposure can exacerbate the major “negative” emotions, such as anxiety, stress, and sadness.
Social Media Makes Us Feel Connected
When it comes to the virtual world of social media, there’s always someone there to complain too, seek solace with, or gain empathy when you feel bad about yourself or had a rough day.
When you’re constantly surrounded by these virtual friends, who’s in a similar situation like yours, it then becomes difficult to be truly alone since there’s always someone online to sympathize with.
Those who may be addicted to social media, usually feels they’re not alone, while removing themselves from the company of their real life friends, and will avoid to meet them in person.