This may surprise you but social media will be one of the causes of the downfall of mankind. Okay, maybe that’s a little too exaggerated. But, exaggerated or not, social media definitely has done and will continue to do damage to our society. Here are eight quick facts to warm you up before you continue to the real article:
- Roughly 3.1 Billion People Are Social Media Users Worldwide
- Around 210 Million People Are Estimated To Suffer From Internet & Social Media Addictions
- Teens Who Spend 5 Hours A Day On Their Phones Are 2X More Likely To Show Depressive Symptoms
- Young, Single Females Are Addicted To Social Media More Than Any Other Group
- 71% Of People Sleep With Or Next To Their Mobile Phone (This is a no-no because it damages your quality of sleep)
- 10% Of Teens Check Their Phones More Than 10X Per Night
- 50% Of People Driving While Using Smartphone Are Checking Social Media (Yikes.)
- Over 240 Million Americans Check Facebook Daily (74% Of All Americans)
Generally, teens are the main “victims” of social media. And that’s a problem because teens are the future of society, believe it or not.
So, now that your mind is primed, let’s begin.
I. It’s designed to cause addiction
The average American spends on average 1.74 hours of each day on social media. If you think this is bad, and even if you don’t, don’t worry – this number is set to rise every year. The main reason being that the more time you spend on each social media platform, the more money it makes.
The main source of money for social media is their advertising platforms; companies paying for their advertisements to be shown to their users. The longer you stay online, the more ads they can show you, the more they get paid. Now it’s no surprise that business is in the habit of making money, but you should know how social media makes theirs. They’re taking more and more hours of your life so they can make a bigger buck.
II. Its main trap is causing a false sense of accomplishment
If this sounds familiar, it’s because video games do the exact same thing. You get a dopamine rush in exchange for your time. In the case of social media, you get dopamine boosts when you’re getting likes, getting comments, getting followers/friend requests. This is a problem because humans inherently choose the path of least resistance. So if sitting on your ass in your undies in your bedroom is a way to “make friends”, why the fuck would you bother going out there in the wild to do the same.
III. It can cripple your self-esteem
Self-esteem is something we need to all guard with our lives. Having yours damaged or losing it almost entirely can literally destroy your life in one way or another.
This damage happens because of the false perception of reality we have from social media. Let’s use Instagram as an example, it is filled to the brim with (self-proclaimed) models, athletes, photographers, and public figures. Keep in mind that the popular ones are popular because they are the top 1% in their “field”, so the female models you see were probably always gorgeous. The male fitness models you can often see were probably jacked sometime before they were even close to being Insta famous. And the people that show an amazing lifestyle, might actually just be full of it.
Ah, I almost forgot.
They all pick the SHIT out of what they post, and I mean that fully. These people pose for and take over 100 photos, pick 3 to 5 that turned out decent (on a good day), edit them, and then post them with breaks in between for several weeks. Let me summarize it likes this:
The photo you see has been professionally edited, professionally shot, and professionally posed. And note that the people that do this, they do it for a living. It’s basically the same as you playing hobby basketball on the weekends with your friends and then looking at the highlight reel of LeBron James’es last victory and getting all sad because “he’s just so damn perfect”.
Well no fucking shit, right? When you put it that way, it’s blatantly obvious. It’s his job to be great, to be the best he can possibly be.
You shouldn’t compare yourself to others, period.
IV. You lose your ability to interact with people in real life
You lose, your ability, to interact, with people, in real life. I think that’s pretty clear. The less you do something, the worse you get at it.
V. Has no longterm value for 99% of people
The remaining 1% of people are those that make an income out of their Instagram pages. For the remaining 99% of people, social media is a death trap. You put in on average over 12 hours a week into it, only to get absolutely nothing of actual value back from it, ever.
Like any addiction, you need to fight it. Like any addiction, it will make you fight this article. You’ll probably think what I said is a bunch of bullshit stacked high, that I have no proof for any of this, that I’m just overreacting. Maybe… maybe. But if you’re willing to go deeper into the rabbit hole, the truth is just a few Google searches away.
Thank you for your time.