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Braden Mackie

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Professor Watkins

6 November 2018

The Great Wall of Social Media

“Three Billon people, around 40% of the world’s population uses social media,

and average of two hours every day” (Brown). We see people on their phone every day ignoring

their friends and family, missing the small things in life like sunrise and sunset, and ignoring the

fact the we as a people are getting more drawn into social media addiction. We have to determine

whether we would rather be that generation of people that would choose social media over our

family and friends or be the generation that puts down social media and goes and spends time

with our family and friends and stop the social media dependence.

What causes us as a whole to be dependent to the social media? When we should be

worried about being connected to our friends and family. People are now becoming addicted to

the internet, because it gives the sense of safety in some ways, makes the feel good, and makes

the world disappear. “Social media is becoming like an addiction like smoking and alcohol”

(Galer). The addiction from social media also uses the same chemical in which alcoholics use

and drug addicts use. We are becoming dependent on social media when we should depend on

ourselves, family, and friends to help us through thing in life, not social media to block us out of

the bad time for a short period of time, which gives us a short-term sense of safety instead of our

family and friends give us long term sense of safety from the world.
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Does social media addiction really affect our outside and internal badly? Social media

can shorten your attention span after “researchers at the Proceedings of the National Academy of

Sciences found that heavy use made people preform worse when switching task (Neal)”. While

not all social media is bad it also has some benefits from using it. It can Improve your memory in

“events that were reported to be posted online were more likely to be recalled that those no

posted online says Professor Qi Wang” (Neal). We as a whole are losing sleep because we want

to stay connected, see how many like we got, and how many people gave us compliments on our

photos. “Kids 11-20 are losing sleep and not getting the recommended amount and performing

poorly academically, according to past studies” (Johnston). Not getting enough sleep can affect

your body poorly, making you tired, your brain not function as well if you were well rested, and

in long term give you high blood pressure. The effects to your body can cause serious health

issues to your heart and other body parts that are high important to your body to survive.

What does social media can do to our self-esteem. Social media makes our self-esteem

low with jealousy. “A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen found many people

suffer from “Facebook envy”, with those who abstained from using the popular site reporting

that they felt satisfied with their life” (Barr). People wouldn’t have to worry about other’s lives if

they didn’t use social media as much as some people do. We should be focused on our lives and

our families’ lives, instead of some Facebook friend’s vacation to the Bahamas. Though social

media has its down side, it also has upsides to people health. It can increase the happiness of the

user, being able to stay in contact with that long-lost friend from high school you haven’t seen in

a while, having someone comment something nice on your post, or just seeing a friend sharing

moments you’ve shared together. While it does bring some happiness, it is mostly short-term
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happiness. Short-term could be for one day or for three months, but long term happiness is

forever and that come family and friends in your life that want you to succeed.

Why do we always keep going back to social media even after we say we are going stop?

Social media is designed to keep us coming back for more and more. “Features like auto play,

endless scroll, reverse chronological timelines, and push notifications were once heralded as

frictionless, user-friendly design, now they’re described as manipulative” (Stinson). These

features make it harder and harder for people to quit social media. Push notifications make it

hard for us not to check social media every time the notifications pop up.

Our nervous system is being rewired by our social media addiction. It makes us have this

condition called “phantom vibrations” where we think we feel our phone go off even though it

really does not. It can make us lose our ability to do things for ourselves, which in turn makes us

turn to the internet or social media to look something up or learn something new. This can draw

us away from going to the library and using books to learn and teach ourselves.

Social cause a lot of negatives and positives in our lives. It can also draw us away from

family, friends, and little thing we miss when we are on our phones Social media could cause us

to be distant from the one we love and separate us even more than we already are. So, will we be

the generation, or would we rather be that generation of people that would choose social media

over our family and friends or be the generation that puts down social media and goes and

spends time with our family and friends and stop the social media dependence.
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Work Citied

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18 Mar. 2016, www.forbes.com/sites/ajagrawal/2016/03/18/its-not-all-bad-the-social-
good-of-social-media/#715eece9756f.

Aratoon, Kelly. “How Losing Sleep Affects Your Body and Mind.” Sleep.Org, Sleep.Org, 24
Oct. 2016, www.sleep.org/articles/how-losing-sleep-affects-your-body-mind/.

Barr, Sabrina. “Six Ways Social Media Negatively Affects Your Mental Health without You
Even Knowing.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 11 Oct. 2018,
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/social-media-mental-health-
negative-effects-depression-anxiety-addiction-memory-a8307196.html.

Brown, Jessica. “Future - Is Social Media Bad for You? The Evidence and the Unknowns.” BBC,
BBC, 5 Jan. 2018, www.bbc.com/future/story/20180104-is-social-media-bad-for-you-the-
evidence-and-the-unknowns.

East, Susie. “Teens:This Is How Social Media Affects Your Brain.” CNN Health+, 1 Aug. 2016,
10:22 am, www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/social-media-brain/index.html.

Galer, Sophia Smith. “Future - How Much Is 'Too Much Time' on Social Media?” BBC, BBC,
19 Jan. 2018, www.bbc.com/future/story/20180118-how-much-is-too-much-time-on-
social-media.

Holsten, Hilde. “How Does Social Media Affect Your Well-Being?” Sciencenordic.com, 2018,
sciencenordic.com/how-does-social-media-affect-your-well-being.

Johnston, and Johnston Press Staff. “Teenagers Are Losing Sleep Thanks to Social Media.”
Inews.co.uk, Inews.co.uk, 24 Jan. 2018, inews.co.uk/news/health/teenagers-losing-sleep-
social-media.

Neal, Brandi. “7 Ways Social Media Literally Changes Your Brain, According To Science.”
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according-to-science-9211397.

Stinson, Elizabeth. “Stop the Endless Scroll. Delete Social Media From Your Phone.” Wired,
Conde Nast, 13 Mar. 2018, www.wired.com/story/rants-and-raves-desktop-social-media/.
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