The Social Media Addiction
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The Social Media Addiction
Are we as a people becoming addicted to our social media and what effect has it had on our society?
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These days its pretty hard to go anywhere without seeing someone checking there phone or laptop to put up a status on Facebook or Tweet what's going in their life.  This use in our everyday life made we wonder, are we as a society addicted to our Social Media? You'll find it hard to find anyone who won't agree with the fact that we as a people are dependent on sites such as Twitter and Facebook but are we in fact becoming addicted? Also, what is the effects of this dependency?

 

Dictionary.com defines an addiction as "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming." The question isn't how much we use these sites it's are we truly becoming "addicted."  When I first began researching this subject I started thinking that the whole addiction was fabricated by media in order to make the whole subject more interesting.  However, as I began researching I was amazed to find that people actually can experience chemical reactions in their brains both from using the sites and when the sites are taken away. I was constantly reading story of how people were neglecting their daily responsibilities in order to check what their friend's are doing or update their status.

 

The more I researched I began to start to feel my opinion sway from thinking to no way that we're addicted to begin considering this as a valid point.  However, I feel the answer lies in the middle, Social Media is like any other vice people have.  Used appropriately and in moderation these sites can provide entertainment, information and connect you to people all around the world.  When used excessively it can hurt people's personal relationships, work life, and families, there are people that will always over-do things and these sites are no different. They make people feel important and popular but can destroy actual relationships. No matter your opinion if we are addicted or not, there is no doubt that Social Media has changed our lives forever and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Social Media Addiction

Social Media Addiction | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

"Anxiety, panic, and frustration" this is some of the words that were used when students were asked to go "unplugged" from social media.  This article outlined just how emotionally tied we are to the sites we use and how consistently we use them in our everyday lives.  Students readily admit that they are addicts in the study and that they would be lost without there social media.  The author suggests that we are addicted to the external stimulant that the sites provide and that can be just as strong as drugs and alcohol and begins the problem starts at very young age. I especially found it interesting when the point was brought up that parents are increasingly using social media as babysitters and ways to entertain their children and keep them quiet.  It's a very valid point that you can pretty much see an example of every time you go out in public and see a child glued to there phone, ipad, kindle etc. 

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Ryan Tan Jia Hong's curator insight, June 25, 2015 2:35 AM
Why is this resource useful for your presentation? This resource is very useful because it might help teenagers to know the consequences of being addicted to the social media. As this news report by the Lake-view Health organization, did some researches and interviews. Not only that, they also mentioned the consequences of being addicted to the social media. This will allow them to remember the consequences hard in their brain. How can you include it without plagiarizing or violating copyright law?By acknowledging the publisher and mentioned the author name at the end of the report. By doing so, this will prevent any plagiarizing or violating the copyright law. 
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Facebook Addiction? | Psychology Today

Facebook Addiction? | Psychology Today | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

The reason I found this article interesting is because it directly compared social media use addiction to other things that people become addicted to which are smoking and drinking and found that in the average American the desire to use Facebook is much higher then that to drink or smoke, this doesn't prove that people are addicted but if you look at someone who has an "addictive personality" they are more likely to become  addicted to something that's most important to them.  When people were asked to stop using there Facebook they found that their conversation were deeper and more meaningful, so basically that when they cut that part of their lifes out they were able to improve a large aspect in their everyday life.

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Social Media Addiction: Engage Brain Before Believing | Psychology Today

Social Media Addiction: Engage Brain Before Believing | Psychology Today | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

One of the major reasons why this social media addiction has garnered so much attention is because the media is so quick to sensationalize things that it can often cause an inaccurate view of what's really going on.  This article refutes the fact that social media addiction is a widespread epidemic and instead says its simply a media created problem that is widely blown out of proportion.  An article showing the positive uses of social media doesn't garner nearly as much publicity as one showing the negative side.  Along with that point, an article that greatly sensationalizes the negatives will sell more then one that is more understated and accurate. The article basically shows that the "social media addiction" in today's society is no more then a way to sell papers, or in this day in age a way to up the hits on a website.

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Are You a Social Media Addict?

Are You a Social Media Addict? | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

The main point of the article is to define what exactly is a social media addict and why someone would become one.  It paints a much more severe picture of those who are addicted to these sites.  It's not just the desire to want to use these sites but having it be the most important thing in your life, calling in sick to work, not enjoying vacations, lying simply because of the need to use social media.  It also explain more importantly why people go from simply using these sites to becoming addicted. A lack of self-esteem is the main reason according to this article.  Someone who has trouble interacting with people in everyday life can find online interaction much easier and therefore poses a much greater risk of becoming addicted.

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A social-media addict tries to disconnect - CNN.com

A social-media addict tries to disconnect - CNN.com | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

I found this article extremely interesting and had to include in my report.  Among all of the articles I found trying to define whether or not we as a people are addicted to these social media outlets.  This article shows what it's like for someone who was constantly updating there Twitter and Facebook wall to give up there connection to the world for five days.  This article doesn't directly address the question if we are addicted or not but I feel it helps answer it.  There was one point in particular that leads me to believe that we are, and that is when the author refers to how socially acceptable it is to break out a cell phone in the middle of a conversation or dinner with someone and check your friends status and update yours.  It took the author to be completely purge themselves of Social Media to see how rude this actually.  Social media has completely changed what we find socially acceptable its taken something that used to be seen as terribly rude and changed it to an everyday occurrence.

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Five clues that you are addicted to Facebook

After reading the first two sentences of this article I knew it was needed to show how much people can get addicted to Facebook.  When you hear a story of a mom ignore her daughter's request for help on more than one occasion in order to spend more time on Facebook the image of a Facebook addict becomes much clearer.  Facebook addiction is something that is thrown around often as a joke to someone who simply uses the site a lot.  However, there is a serious problem that is only getting worse. This article makes a point to make sure the reader doesn't think the site itself is the problem, many people use it daily without any problems.  However, the author suggests that addicts spend time online and ignoring family and work because the find the interaction on Facebook "more enjoyable," which needless to say is a very severe problem because it's taking away that day to day interaction with people that has always been a part of our society.

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Facebook addiction explained: study shows psychophysiological arousal from social media

Facebook addiction explained: study shows psychophysiological arousal from social media | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

Although this article isn't very long I found it very interesting and was the first one I found that started my idea for this topic so I had to include it.  The most interesting thing I felt this article addressed was the actual physical reaction people would have to using Facebook.  I never would think that people use the site for more then just the obvious reasons.  People have a chemical reaction when logging on to the site much like using a musical instrument, it stimulates people's creative part of there mind and leaves them wanting to come back to the site more and more.

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Does Social Media Addiction Really Exist?

Does Social Media Addiction Really Exist? | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

This article points out the difference between social media overuse and addiction. "An addiction will cause the individual to lose out on other things in life." Now there are people that have an addiction to social media but the media has taken this notion and according to article has exaggerated it to make it seem like it is an issue that sweeps over a much greater population of the world then it actually does. "A person can spend too much time in social networks but still are able to function adequately in life." Which I feel is what the category a majority of people fall into.  Yes a majority of people, especially those in my age range, spend too much time on these sites, but they are able to function in their everyday life without having a negative effect. 

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Is social media addictive?

Is social media addictive? | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

Is social media addictive, this article answers it with a resounding yes.  If you look at an addiction at its most basic level it's the desire to do something and missing it when you are unable to do so.  The most telling fact in this article is the fact that after 10,000 responses of people who gave up social media for two weeks, when asked if they missed it, 8,000 times the answer was  yes.  Now this was asked of a survey of 200 people that were asked multiple times over there two weeks, so it's not a very large sample size, but still the point it makes it clear, people definitely miss there social media when it's gone.  It's suggested in this article that dopamine is released in the brain every time a tweet is sent or a status is replied to, much like that when an alcoholic takes a drink, or when a smoker puffs on a cigarette.

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The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites

The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

What benefits does this social media bring?  The main thing that these sites bring is the connectivity to people across the country and across the world.  It allows people to connect with people that they haven't spoken to in a long time.  The set up of facebook allows people to search and find people very easily. An interesting stat I found is that 96% of people include there high school in there Facebook profile.  This allows people to search their long lost friends and can find people that they have common bonds with. An interesting fact that I found was that how it allows people to check up on people the meet in real life online.  With all of the problems that online predators pose people seem to forget that the online community can help people better learn about people if used correctly. 

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With friends like these ...

With friends like these ... | The Social Media Addiction | Scoop.it

Although this article speaks a lot of the people behind Facebook it does address a few very important questions. What has Facebook done to our society? How has it changed things? The author tells about a friend of his who spent a Saturday night drinking alone, on Facebook.  If you would've looked at someone doing that a few years ago that would seem like someone who has a problem and needed to get out more.  Today this has become much more socially acceptable with the need to actually engage with others becoming much less important than keeping an up to date Facebook profile. It can lead to competition between friends. People compare how many friends they have with each other which can lead to to animosity.  Instead of connecting us together it actually isolates us from each other in real life.

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