Are you addicted to Social Media?

Dec 11, 2013

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Social Media’s popularity has been on a steady incline for the past decade. It was primarily used as a socializing tool, but now serves several different purposes and has had various effects on our society. Included in those effects are depression, anxiety and pleasure.

The content we view and intake on social media is seemingly harmless. Yet, with more time spent looking at pictures and updates it can eventually lead to depression.  The University of Michigan conducted a research experiment with a handful of students. For two weeks, they recorded the moods of students before and after they had looked at Facebook. The results were that the more time students spent on Facebook, the more insecure and sad they became. Social media allows you to immediately compare your life to others, when in reality, what appears on Facebook isn’t all that realistic.  As the saying goes “only believe half of what you see…”

In contrast to spending too much time on social media sites, researchers have found that when people do not have the opportunity to check or update their status they literally become anxious.  This can be correlated with F.O.M.O or, “the fear of missing out.”

Social Media doesn’t just make us depressed or anxious, but it brings us pleasure. Interestingly, updating social media statuses “activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex.” Source . When people share information or talk about themselves it releases a dopamine into the brain, causing feelings of pleasure and happiness.

Using Social Media isn’t always a bad thing; however, don’t let it control your life and emotions. Be cautious about how much information you are sharing and remember that things are not always as they seem. Parents can limit the amount of time spent on social media with Net Nanny.

Net Nanny Products also inform parents about the content that their children are viewing and sharing. Net Nanny Social gives parent’s access to children’s online activity. Parents can see their children’s notifications and receive weekly reports. It not only monitors Facebook, but Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler, Google+ and Linkedin.