5 Ways Social Media Screws You Over
Number 1, it’s designed to be addictive.
According to a recent study, the average American is now spending hours a day on social media
including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr This number is only going to rise due to the
fact that these companies make more money, the longer you stay on them.
Think about this The more time you spend on social media The more ads you see
And the more ads you see, the more ad revenue these companies can make.
So of course, it’s in their best interests to keep you on their platform for as long as
possible In order to generate more ad revenue
This is the case for just about all forms of social media.
They are working as hard as they possibly can To think of ideas to make their platform
as addictive as possible To keep you on it and to keep you coming back Facebook even uses a
form of tracking called pixels to gather data from other websites that you go to to learn about what
things you like
They then taper advertisements to your own tastes and put it onto your newsfeed You can’t really
blame them though because business is business.
Number 2, it gives you a false sense of accomplishment.
I’m sure we’ve all found ourself scrolling down pages and pages of social media for hours at a time.
Why is social media so addictive?
A study actually found that liking, posting and even sharing produces a dopamine rush very similar
to what you would receive if you hug someone. So when you start receiving these feelings by doing
nothing except fooling around on social media you lose all the motivation to get it the old school way
which is actually going out there and meeting new people discovering new things or creating
new things because why go through all that trouble when you can just keep on scrolling.Right?
Number 3, it lowers your self-esteem
Browsing social media gives you a false sense of what the world really looks like.
Everyone is posting only the most exciting ,the most beautiful, amazing news and pictures of
themselves because we want others to like us. Who doesn’t?
And the best way to do that is to paint the most beautiful picture of ourselves for others to see.
Very rarely will you see someone revealing the hardships in their life on social media
And the truth is that the majority of the time most of us aren’t always looking that great or going on
amazing adventures or having the times of our lifes. The majority of people have internal struggles
going on just like you and me but on social media it seems like everyone else is having a blast all the time.
So when you constantly see all of this you feel left behind.
You feel inadequate, your self-esteem will plummet.
Number 4, it hurts your social skills.
A study found that kids who grow up using social media show a significant decrease in social skills
compare to those who don’t.
This is because communicating through social media is very simple as compared to
communication in real life
When you communicate through social media you really just have to be fluent in the English language
and understand how to use emojis In real life there is things like social signals, body language ,tonality ,
dealing with groups and much much more
These thing are super complicated and extremely subtle it’s not something that you can learn in a day
When you are on social media you can communicate with others without practicing any of these things
so in the end you don’t get to see what really works you don’t get to see what makes others feels good,
what makes others feel uncomfortable
Socializing is just like any other skill and that you need to practice in order to get good and to stay good
Number 5, it is one of the worst investments you can make in your life.
Time is the most valuable form of currency that you have It’s valuable in the sense that it will only decrease,
you will never have anymore of it.
When you invest your time into social media it’s like investing money into a stock that will always drop
down to zero. It makes no sense.
You’ll never get a return on investment you can only lose
And one day 5 years from now, you’ll realize you’re 25 or 30 or 35 and you ask yourself:
“Hey where did all my time go?”
Well it all went into that crappy stocky investment and you lost it all. Instead ,invest your time
into something else. Honestly anything else.
Because your return on investment will always be higher than at least zero If you spend two hours a
day drawing art, Who knows? Someone might pay you a decent money someday for one of your pieces.
If you spend two hours a day creating youtube videos, who knows?
You might be able to create a passive income stream that will last you for years.
Doesn’t that sound way better than zero?
In the end, social media isn’t inherently bad.
Honestly I use it from time to time. Facebook has things like events, groups, messenger, that are
extremely useful tools but if you just mindlessly scrolling through your feed, you gotta ask yourself
“Is this benefitting me in anyway?”
Because if it’s not, then why keep on doing it?
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