Have you ever noticed when did the social media play an important role in your daily life? According to the research of Retrovo, 42% of people wake up each day and check social websites first thing in the morning instead of reaching for a newspaper. Social networking addiction is a phrase that occasionally used to refer to people who spend too much time using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media. Addiction frequently refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. Since people are spending such a large amount of time surfing social networks, it is important to point out some of the effects that social media addiction. Three main effects of being addicted to social media are reduction in real human contact, losing time and health.
The first effect is reduction in real human contact. Currently, instead of talking to each other in person, people prefer to share it in the social networking sites talking about their feeling and thoughts. Social media should bring a closer relationship to people if it is not excessive. For example, when people turn down plans to hang out with their friends in real life to spend time on a social network, this may point out the problem. The example that can be seen quite often is people usually sit and focus on their phone checking on Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media instead of talking to each other in person. These behaviors reduce your communication skills and also cause broken relationships because of lack of time spend together.
Losing time is the second effect of being addicted to social media. A problem is spending more than an hour on social networking sites, other than for work purposes or studying, and don’t know how much time has passed. It is negatively affecting people lives if they forget to do important things because of social media. For example, some people miss an important appointment because of waiting for someone to react on the post on walls. According to the research of Statisticbrain, there are 22 percent of teenagers who log on to Facebook over ten times per day so this means that some people are wasting their time on social networking.
Spending too much time on social networking can also lead to a bad health. There is a difference between staying up late to finish work or homework and to check a social network one last before going to bed and ignoring sleep not to miss anything new or to keep chatting online with others. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, exercise physiologist Chris Van Hoof says "When you spend so long sitting down, your metabolism slows down and your energy requirements are reduced". Only two hours a day sitting in front of the computer increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20%, the risk of getting heart disease by 15% and can also lead to the obesity.
In conclusion, everything has its good things and bad things like social networking. It depends on how people use it. If people use it over the limit then it turns to have bad effect. And the effect of addicted to the social media are lack of communication skills, time wastage, and effect on health. Discipline is the only key to overcome social media addiction. Allow yourself not to check your emails or social media sites for more than 15 minutes are one of the ways to overcome social media addiction. Many people don’t know that they are addicted to the social media. Then ask yourself, how many hour do you spend your time checking on you social media sites.