The onset of social media dependency and a need for rehabilitation
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The average person is almost related to a social-media platform, birthed as a cyber body part, used to navigate its way through virtual life in aim to seek entertainment and reinforcement.
It manifested into the greatest marketing tool within history, deeming it a highly plausible invention. Other times it is used to seek a possibly unrealistic glimpse into various lives. So do you always leave social-media feeling better than if you had rejected or self-regulated it?
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Sometimes you tap into these apps unintentionally because it’s now formed within your subconscious; you did not intend to tap into Instagram when your phone was to hand but you did.
The risks of using social-media has been dismissed for some time and it could be achieving dependency, or used for escapism. Stating an obvious, many people can depict a false or fragmented part of their lifestyle, but it’s now conducive to some people’s self-esteem and with this reason, it synchronises with ignored mentality involving a lack of concentration, attention span, inability to sleep and continuous usage.
There is an onset of social-media dependency.
Looking beneath the platform’s entertainment surface through observation struck me with a note that is helpful to reiterate – A social platform could be becoming a form of escapism and could be less beneficial to the average user.
Example? Going through various lengths and time to master unflawed poses.
The post, followed by mental reinforcement, surges of dopamine overload the pleasure centred in your brain as every ‘like’ alerts your screen, augmenting the ego and rewarding you with them gassed up feelings. The pleasure’s definitely not a bad thing, unless it becomes a need for a self-esteem boost, then a virtual reality is becoming more tasteful than your physical one, which could be known as a form of escapism.
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Filtered features; these enhancers can be useful, and could provide a benefit to marketing a product or in some cases, oneself, unless authenticity is being claimed through avenues of inauthenticity, this could show the need to conceal the reality and therefore, could be another possible form of escapism.
The issue of self-esteem. Check this, some users may not even upload a truly meaningful post, because it may or may not generate several likes to indicate a level of approval, and could load emotional baggage that can be reflected in post self-esteem (no pun intended).
Witnessing the levels of what people would do for approval used to be pretty amusing, but I understand that even if it does not hinder your own individuality, any user could be subject to its downfalls in some shape or form if not used effectively.
Are people running from their actual lives? Why exaggeratively filter the rawness? Do people need to be digitally manipulated?
Did you know that the rate of anxiety and depression in the UK have increased by somewhat 70% over the last 25 years since our tech era? Some cannot sleep. Some miss their sleep train in order to catch social media as it just does not feel right to rest. The body called rest yet the mind disagreed. In fact, people go restless, people go anxiety, people go depression, and once the idea of lacking is internalised with materially packing, people are on a mission to cop what’s socially deemed fashionable, that fake ‘glow’ even if the pockets may be as dead as the ‘realness’ being claimed. Although these factors does not mean every person using it is influenced by its downfalls. It’s helpful for some to recognise that social-media anxiety is documented to become a prevalent issue.
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Did you know that exposure to constant stimuli is shortcutting the brain and possibly creating the hub of anxiety? Our brains were not wired to such stimuli exposure from AM to PM. This is negative neural adaptation. Negative evolution. The modern and futuristic human could be reaching a state of underdeveloped existence. If people do not reward themselves with the social-media stimuli when they feel such needs, they may become restless, distracted and if they continuously use social-media with constant exposure, they are probably circulating those either or all feelings associated with inadequacy viciously. No doubt its intelligence brings the distance closer but as with many things, it’s counterpart is relevant to consider.
I love tech, but from day I did not like the idea of a virtual world becoming a part of me, so I do try to focus on my surroundings, but of course I am attached to an extent and it can only increase in this age of aquarius.
Although I can say being a less-often user did not affect my social life- I still have friends and I do not feel scarce, and to be honest, sometimes letting my phone die can feel liberating.
In this polarity I have love for it too because it has brought me to new people or has brought the distant closer and it’s a great benefit.
Yet I understand. It’s long to fully dismiss a product that we are increasingly conforming to for whatever reason. So what am I saying?
There are ways to use social media to your advantage if you are aware of how it truly advances you. To address the issues of self-esteem, if people did not appear false collectively, people could appear raw collectively. Maybe it may help to trade those minutes throughout the day for being intensely present? Or, when tapping into social-media, take advantage of expressing your life raw. In my perspective, there is nothing more appealing than uploading the rawness of reality.