What is your name on Facebook? Hey! Send me a follow request? Don’t you know him? He is a famous Instagram celebrity with more than a million followers.
Social media is a platform through which one can stay connected with others by means of communication and sharing data. Posting images, videos, so that people can see and heart it. It refers to the means of interaction among people in virtual communities and network.
Popular social media platform:
The world’s largest social network is Facebook. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Huges. It has more than 2 billion monthly active users. One can create an account and add others as friends, exchange messages, photos, etc. And there are options for creating a page for brand promotions and many more.
It is based in Menlo Park, California. It is considered to be one of the big four technology companies along with amazon, apple and google.
It is a social media platform that allows a person to share messages in form of status. It has a word limit of 140 characters. It is based in San Francisco, California and has more than 25 offices around the world. It was founded on march 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
It is a famous video hosting and watching website. Its headquarter is in San Bruno, California. It was founded on February 14, 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. Its parent company is Google.
It is a photo and video sharing application that allows users to apply digital filters on their pictures, option of creating boomerang and videos. It is owned by Facbook. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010.
For individuals, social media is used to keep it touch with family and friends. For businesses, social media have become an indispensable tool. Brand promotion, customer engagement, collecting and sharing information have mended the ways in favor of e commerce.
As we are already so much acquainted with social media, and enjoying its benefits. So there is not much need for the discussion of its positive impact. Even so, it brought the world closer by connecting its people. It provides cost-effective support to small and large scale business. It even created more job opportunities for a content writer, bloggers, etc.
Now let’s talk about the negative impact of social networking. It affects people of all ages, my it young minds or middle-aged work person. Let’s discuss the major ones:
Many theories show and prove that social media addiction has become more serious than alcohol addiction. Spending too long on social networking sites can affect your mood. Reports show that people who spend a major amount of time on social media are likely to develop poor mental health, including the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can cause psychological stress. One should not spend more than two hours per day on social media. Even two hours is too much but we know the addiction does not go easy.
Social media and its lack of cyber security have to lead to many cybercriminals to emerge and carry out their heinous intentions. Even cyberbullying is very common nowadays. Social media indeed made it easy to connect with people, but it also made it easier for predators to find victims. And these cyber attacks often leaves mental scars and affect people of every age.
Fear of missing out
When you spend a considerable large amount of time on your social media account, you tend to stalk people. People who come from different background can influence you in spending more than you have when you see them having more fun than you right now. Their lifestyle and seemingly enjoyable status may create an inferiority complex for others. Fear of missing out is a negative impact on social media. It is a form of anxiety that one gets when they start to fear missing out on a positive experience that someone else is getting. And this fear is fueled by continuous social media engagement.
Many install users, models, and celebrities who have more than a million followers tend to create false body image goals. To reach this body image goal, many people start following diets and some take adverse steps too. May it is man or woman, no gender is safe from being body shamed. People on social media won’t shy away from pointing that extra fat. These false social media standards have to lead to increases in the inferiority complex and depression rate. They make you feel conscious about your shape and looks. But you have to understand that these standards of unachievable and artificial beauty are false.
Overuse and severe addiction of social media have led to development of unhealthy sleep patterns. It starts affecting your productivity and makes it difficult to sleep. Try shortening the time you spend on social media and get enough sleep.