What is a social media ?
According to Investopedia media : “Social media refers to a variety of technologies that facilitate the sharing of ideas and information among their users.”
These days, social networks have become an omnipresent part of our daily lives. They are a new way of getting information, interacting and communicating. They result from an innovative technological advance that holds great promise for the future. However, behind these innovations lies a real dependency that begins at an early age. But how can we detach ourselves from the bad side of social networks, which have become so essential?
The quest for validation and to have the best image is one of the major problems of social networks. When someone shares content on social networks, there is inevitably an expectation of recognition with a like or a comment. Everything has become subject to comparison, particularly the image of a perfect body or mindset, which is becoming harmful for users. Feeling that your content is appreciated reflects a very negative aspect because indirectly each individual is trying to please many people. This quest for dependence can very quickly become a vicious circle and create real emotional dependence. Self-confidence can quickly be undermined and reduced to nothing depending on reactions.
Social comparison plays a major role in the harmful effects of social networking. As mentioned above, users tend to compare their lives and appearances. This comparison feeds the validation aspect of society. This validation intensifies when you are a public figure.
To avoid this dependence on social validation, you need to develop self-esteem and recognize that it’s not all about the number of likes. You need to acquire the emotional maturity that enables users to detach themselves from social networks and only healthily use them.
The impact of social networks is not limited to the psychological aspect. It can affect productivity, concentration, and sleep. According to the Aljazeera media, 4.8 billion people use social networks every day, for an average of 2.5 hours a day. These are generally not productive hours and are often reduced to scrolling for hours on end over content that is not particularly educational or healthy. Social networks have an addictive nature that forces us to consult them every day to communicate, share, and stay informed.
Between fake news and haters, social networks have flaws that we need to watch out for. Social networks are used to share information quickly and internationally. But generally, the sources are not verified and the information turns out to be false. Misinformation is a criminal offense and can have serious consequences.
Another very important flaw is cyberbullying. Social networks are conducive to negative reactions and cyberbullying. Social networks affect mental health and can even cause anxiety and a drop in self-esteem.
Of course, social networks do have some essential benefits, such as global connectivity, information sharing, community building, more accessible customer service, innovation, professional opportunities, and awareness of certain issues.
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And you, do you think you are dependent on social media ?