Social media has become a staple and life of everybody in this age. Our ancestors never thought of something of this magnitude connecting people across countries and continents. Social media has created a lot of opportunities, and it has a lot of benefits, but like everything, there are disadvantages.
A lot of people often overlook these great disadvantages of social media; a lot of people are not even conscious of it. They have become so accustomed to living with social media that they automatically use it without thinking of its effects, its benefits, its great disadvantages, and all the damage it does to us.
In this piece, I am going to share my opinion with you, and I am going to tell you why I hate social media.
The Plague of Social Media and Why I Hate it
Social media can be as hand to a plague; it starts small, seemingly unnoticed, and suddenly it grows and sweeps the globe or a particular area, and you can not think of how life was before the plague, you cannot imagine or relate with the beauty of how life was before the plague, and it’s devastation.
Due to the advancement of technology, humans finally found a way to connect across vast distances; this was crudely done by letters and telegrams. However, with the Internet and mobile phones, and portable computers, the field of communication and interconnectivity between humans broadened greatly. Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, WhatsApp, and a host of other ones crept up through the vines. People were skeptical about using them at first, but as things progressed, these platforms and apps became inextricably linked to modern life.
Of course, they came with a lot of advantages which include:
- Faster communication.
- Wider reach.
- Easier dispersion of information.
- New professions and job opportunities…etcetera.
They also came with massive unnecessary baggage that has Exacerbated a lot of mental disorders and social problems.
Most people spend at least 115 minutes every day on social media, this is productive time that could be used to better the lives of people, but it is usually wasted on social media.
As studies have been conducted on social media over the years, we have come to discover that it could be a nightmare; there are countless negative effects that the use of social media has on people. It has been advised that social media be used on a limited basis, but most people do not heed this advice.
It has been discovered from research that social media can be devastating to your mental health, it has been discovered that young people, especially the ones that grew up after the advent of social media, suffer from a barrage of mental health problems due to social media; these mental problems include:
- Low self-esteem
- Suicidal thoughts
- Social phobia
- Decreased life satisfaction
Now imagine what is supposed to make life better turns out to be the main source of the problems you face in life. The use of social media can make a person think of themselves as less because they see photos of their peers living better lives and looking better. This can lead to depression which can lead to feelings of loneliness, decreased satisfaction with life, stare up a desire of staying away from people and lead to suicidal thoughts. All these end up compounding the lives of people and sucking the essence of their life. Like a plague, the dangers of social media are sweeping; it is like a chain reaction that cascades throughout the life of people.
You have decreased productivity because you spend so much time on social media; because you spend so much time on social media, you get to see people living their best life and showcasing the best parts of their life on social media, so you compare yourself with them and feel that you’re not doing as good as they are so you feel bad about yourself, but you don’t do much about it because you spend so much time on social media.
You feel lonely, you feel depressed because you know you’re not living up to your potential, you’re not satisfied with your life, and you feel like taking your life.
Simply eliminating social media from your life can lead to a tremendous increase in satisfaction with your life; you eliminate several triggers of negative thoughts and actions.
The ills associated with social media are endless.