Social media has created a dramatic revolution in this modern era of technology. It has an incredible positive role in our daily life of being connected with each other. But, did you ever think about the dark side of social media? The negative effects of social media are so shocking that you can’t imagine.
I can bet you that somehow you are negatively affected for using social media. It can be physical or mental perspective. Technology experts are considering the excessive use of social media as drug addiction. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said that the social network is the new cigarette, while giving an interview to MSNBC News. In this article, I will show some dark sides of social media, which are affecting us very badly.
1. More Addictive Than Drugs
Do you know, social media is more addictive than drugs like alcohol. I know it seems like kind of unbelievable fact. But actually it is the bitter truth. Do you want proof? Simply, quit social media for next 7 days. You will realize that how addictive it is! Research shows that most of the social media users are extremely addicted to various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
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According to Statista, 3.6 billion people are using social media in 2020. Social media addiction is growing rapidly day by day. Most of the users can’t remember the last day without scrolling social media feed. This is the real scenario of its addiction level. You can read more shocking statistics & facts about social media from a blog post on mediakix.com.
2. Lead To Sleeping Disorder
There are very few people who don’t scroll Facebook / Instagram feed before sleeping at night. This habit leads to unhealthy sleeping pattern. According to a survey in 2017 by CBS, 40% USA young adults told that social media affect their sleeping pattern badly.
Most of us usually open FB / Instagram app before going sleep, intending for 5/10 minutes. But unintentionally we spend more than an hour to scroll the Newsfeed. This habit creates disruption for a sound sleep. When you won’t have a sound sleep at night, you will suffer with many sleeping disorder diseases like insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and hypersomnia.
3. Lower Productivity
As you know earlier, social media addiction leads you to an unhealthy sleeping habit. As a result, you feel sleepy at work time & your productivity drastically become lower. Bad sleeping pattern isn’t only one reason for hampering your productivity. Social media notifications create distraction while working or study time. That is why, most of company imposes a code of conduct to their employees regarding social media usage in the office.
According to the world of work report, 32% of total working time spend on social media for personal work. Many educational institutions also restrict social media usage for teenagers in the classroom. So that, it doesn’t create distraction in their concentration.
4. Affecting Relationships
In this era of social media, our all relationships become virtual. Obviously the virtual dependency for maintaining relationships isn’t a good sign. But ultimately it is the real fact. We’re always busy with making virtual friends. But we don’t care anymore about our real-life relationships like parents, cousins, neighbors. We chat with our friends, all the day through various social media platforms. But can it deliver the happiness of hang out with them at restaurants or campus? Obviously, big no!
Social media addiction has created a distance with our parents. They can’t spend quality time anymore with us. Even, you can notice that most of the time, we get busy on chatting or scrolling News Feed while spending time with our parents.
5. Grow Depression / Anxiety
If you are an addicted social media user. Then depression and anxiety are growing inside of you. While exploring other lifestyles through social media, we unconsciously start to compare with ourselves. As a result, it makes us depressed gradually. It is scientifically proven that social media addicted user’s mental health is poorer than others who don’t use social media. Many of us feel sad for simply less like, comment, share on our social media profile. So, there is a very deep connection between social media & mental well-being.
Cyberbullying is one of the most dangerous effect of social media. Bullying is such kind of thing that was only possible to do face-to-face before the evolution of social media. But nowadays it is so easy that you can bully anyone, anytime and even anonymously. It has become possible for the use of social media. You and me or any social media users
Because of cyberbullying, many victims are even committing suicide. According to NCHS reports, cyberbullying is the second-leading cause of suicide among USA teenagers. For preventing cyberbullying, most of the countries are making act on this rising issue.
7. Spread Rumors & Misleading Informations
Social media refers to a virtual community with billion of users. Those peoples are more dependant on social media for getting updated with news & information. But a group of bad people is using social media for spreading fake news. Because social media is nowadays most powerful tool for spreading any things rapidly. So, most of the users get confused and can’t differentiate between the real and fake news. Sometimes those misleading news impact so badly in many different perspectives. Although social media platforms are working hard for preventing this issue. But still it is a remarkable bad side of social media.
Final Words about Negative Effects of Social Media
There are both positive & negative sides of anything. I have mentioned here 7 remarkable negative sides of social media. But that’s not the end. There are many more bad effects of using social networking platforms which are not mentioned here. Don’t forget to share them in the comment section! But still we have to acknowledge the great role of social media in this technological world. Millions of positive examples are also there which become possible only for the use of social media. So, we have to make sure the proper use of social media.