Sunday, February 8, 2015

Social Media and its Effects on Health

Social media is a common way for people to connect and communicate, but it can also be very addicting. The most commonly seen example of social media s Facebook. In fact, Facebook can be so addicting that researchers created a scale to measure Facebook addiction, (BFAS). Research has also shown that people who feel more socially insecure and anxious are more likely to be addicted to social media. A survey on effects of social media on people's emotions has concluded that more than half of the people who use social media change their behaviors, and that it was a negative change. More than two thirds social media users also claim to be unable to relax and sleep after using social media. According to EIE (Enough Is Enough), 95% or more people who use social media has witnessed a form of cyberbullying, one thirds victims of cyberbullying. Despite some of the negative affects social media has on people, over 50% of social media users still claim to feel "uncomfortable" or "worried" when they don't have access or can't log on to their social media accounts. Do you think you're addicted to social media? What effects, if any, does it have on you?

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  1. think that social media defiantly has an impact on peoples behavior. Some people that I know seem so popular on social media websites and then in person its something totally different, they're different people. Social media can defiantly have a negative affect on people. Being addicted to social media can change you from always being on your phone. Could maybe make you lack things that you need in order to stay healthy

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    1. I agree with you. Social media causes many people to procrastinate. And I also think that sometimes people can act differently from how they act on social media. Social media can also affect people's relationships. (if you're always on your phone...)

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  2. Social media has way too many affects on society, some may even argue it causes more harm than good. It's original purpose, to make communication easier with those furthest away, has been totally outweighed by all the problems it causes including procrastination, affects on actual human interaction, and cases cyber bullying.

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  3. I think social medias positives in fact outweight its negatives. In limited amounts i think it does not cause procrastination and alows for that same human interaction just while two individuals are not near one another. While cyber bullying is still and issue i believe the benefits of social media outweighs the slight negative of cyber bullying

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  4. I think many people including myself, are very attached to their phones. I believe technology is something we are constantly surrounded by, and it is something we can't escape. I think that idea of social media, and creating a world full of communication is good, however it's not always executed well and can lead to negativity. In the article it talked about how people will compare themselves to others on social media, and this causes lots of insecurities and anxieties. Social Media also can lead to bullying, because it's easier to say certain things through a screen rather than face to face. I really wonder how future generations will be and if the idea of talking face to face will cease to exist.

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  5. I agree that social media makes it hard to sleep because when Im about to go to sleep I lay in bed and go on social media. It might make it hard to fall asleep because you might see something that gets you angry and you cant fall asleep or might be something that makes you happy and you are now too happy to go to bed. I wouldn't say Im addicted to social media because i don't need to go on it but I definitely like it because i go on it everyday

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  6. I agree that social media is very addicting. I belive I am on social media at least 3-4 hours a day. I really take that time to see what other people are talking about when I could be making better choices by getting exercise or anything that is not social media. I always find myself on my phone right before I fall asleep. If I were not on social media before sleep, I could probably see myself getting a lot more sleep. I could probably not be sleep deprived or close. Social Media is just so addicting.

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  7. I think some of the ideas of social media are spot on. They connect people and ideas from all over the world, but the way that they can be used and the amount of time that they are used can be harmful sometimes. I agree that there are things on social media that can make us dependent on validation from others. I’m an avid social media user myself and find myself constantly on my phone throughout the day. I completely think I’m addicted to social media.Social media gives me more incentive to procrastinate, which, in turn, creates even more stress for me. That being said, honestly, I still don't find myself refraining from the use of it in the future.

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  8. It's sad to say, but I actually do think I am addicted to social media. It is almost habit to go on instagram and snapchat whenever I have a free second in my busy day. I think the ideas and intentions of social media are valid, but I do think it has gotten out of hand. I am not sure how I would deal with not having social media for even one day. Sometimes, I even find myself just sitting and refreshing the page until someone posts something. I think it's important that we find ways to not let social media take over our lives because it could be dangerous for future generations.

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  9. I can agree to certain degree that social media plays a bigger factor than what we give it in our normal lives, but I have failed to see how addicting it is. I've never really heard of a person missing out on studying because they were on twitter. Social media just allows kids a digital version of sneaking out to hang out with your friends before technology was so common. Social media is a big factor in how we socialize now, but I don't find it exactly addicting. I enjoy social media, I enjoy the outlet it gives me, but I can see how it might come off that way. However, to simply going on how uncomfortable teens are without it isn't quite a good thing to source. I get uncomfortable when I forget anything I think I could have used. Phones allow people to avoid awkward situations.

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