According to statistics, one in three marriages end in divorce due to affairs started on social media. 210 million people are estimated to suffer from internet and social media addictions, and 71% of people sleep with or next to their mobile phone [kinda weird if you think about it!]. Believe me too, these were not the craziest statistics I found when researching this topic.
It really is scary how much we rely on social media and our phones to get through the day. I am apart of some of these statistics too. Recently I have been struggling so much with being able to sleep. I stopped using technology an hour before bed and I no longer have my phone within arms reach whilst I’m asleep. And honestly doing that has helped my sleeping so much. But the shocking part is that I thought it was okay for me to sleep with my phone basically in bed with me.
Without realising it, we have let social media and our phones take over our lives. Social media has infiltrated our lives just like the Covid pandemic. Except its happened so slowly that we didn’t even notice and the side affects were not as noticeable.
WE ARE CONSUMED BY IT
Social media has consumed us. It’s become part of our lives and who we are, whether we like it or not. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends you have to be on social media. If you want to keep up with friends and family, you need social media. And before you know it, your business is on social media so there’s really no escape.
Specifically with blogging, one of the main things that helps bloggers, is using social media to drive traffic to your site. Whether it’s using Instagram, twitter or Pinterest its advised to use at least one platform to help your blog to grow. This alone doesn’t help with needing to reduce screen time. It just adds to the problem.
WE COMPARE OUR LIVES TO IT
I don’t know about you but I have spent my fair share of time scrolling through my feeds comparing myself to many different women I saw popping up with perfect bodies, hair and makeup. I’ve spent times being so sad and down and wondering why my life isn’t as happy and exciting as others I see online. And thats what’s so damaging about social media. We compare our real lives to the highlight reels we see of others online. And it needs to stop. You cannot compare life to another one you see online. There is literally no comparison.
It makes sense why the mental health rates are going up in the world. We have created an imagine in our minds of what life should be like based from what we have seen online. And when it doesn’t turn out that way, we are sad and discouraged. When that life we see isn’t real anyway.
WE’RE ADDICTED TO IT
I mentioned this briefly in the introduction, and I’m not proud to say it but I’m addicted to my phone. And I’m guessing most of you are too. I know excess use of it doesn’t do me any good yet continue to be addicted anyway. So addicted that it started affecting my mental state and my sleep. Thats when you know there’s a problem. I read my social feeds like its the morning paper and use it to catch up on the stuff I missed when I was asleep. How can this be normal?
So not only does social media warp our version of reality it also affects us mentally and physically. I’m really selling social media here aren’t I!
What are your views on social media?
Do you think you’re addicted to it? Or do you feel that you have control over it?
I know there will be a select few that won’t relate to this post. And I applaud you for having the will power to not be sucked into temptation. [Tell me your secret!] But for most of us this is our reality whether we like it or not. It’s like trying to break up with your ex that you still love so much but you know they’re bad for you. Social media is that ex that you really cant get rid of.