Social Media is computer-enabled technologies which facilitate the sharing of information through virtual communities and network. In the modern-day world, Social Media is fast becoming an integral part of everybody’s life.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind regarding the utility of Social Media however it can become harmful in more ways than one.
Researches have shown that once students become addicted to Social Media sites they tend to multitask while studying which adversely affects their academic performance. There are numerous studies that have also shown a direct correlation between the time spent on social media and increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
People tend to form and cherish artificial bonds and virtual relationship over actual relationship
People who are spending more time on social media also tend to get affected by the Comparison syndrome. Seeing friends enjoying a lovely vacation or doing something big in life which the onlooker is not able to do can create a feeling of low self-esteem.
Cyber Bullying towards children and adolescents is another negative effect of excessive use of Social Media. Cyberbullying causes significant emotional and mental stress. There have been many instances where children who have been at the receiving end of cyberbullying have lost interest in the things which they once used to enjoy. They may feel disinterested in their academics and in going to school. In some extreme cases, Cyberbullying has also led certain children to commit suicide.
In order to combat the ill – effects of Social Media there are certain measures which one can adopt
- Regulate the amount of time one spends on Social Media.
- If any account stirs up negative sentiments its time to abandon and unfollow
- Connect with people who Inspire
- Social Media is not a replacement of your real Life, chatting on Facebook can not replace your face to face talks. Only a person in flesh and blood can fulfill the basic human need for connection and belonging.
In the end, if one can keep one’s own life centered in reality and use social media as a part of their life one should be just fine. The positive impact of social media is astronomical and therefore far outweighs the negative effects of social media.