10 Ways to knock out Social Media Addiction
Social Media Addiction: Good Bad or Ugly?
“If you don’t pay for the product, you are the product“
What exactly were you doing right before reading the article? Maybe you are eating, working, exercising or doing something on your smartphone, tabloid, computer? Were you scrolling through your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tiktok, Gmail or Yahoo Id? Have you thought about what is the benefit of the software developer because you can access this site for free?
Current situation of social media junkies
Due to the easy availability of the smartphone or other device nowadays, a large number of people use and spend time in social media. According to some research, 3 billion people, or about 40% of the total world population, use social media online. And we spend an average of 2 hours a day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these platforms. So we can certainly say that a small number of software developers are making decisions that impact billions of people. Social media is undoubtedly a useful platform that does a lot of good deeds. Like for example donating blood, sharing different points of view, etc. But is it good enough to cover all the bad impact?
“There are only 2 industries that call their customer users. Illegal drugs and software“
How does social media actually work?
User data can be used to build models to predict user actions and by these companies, to keep the user’s attention to maximize the benefits of advertising. That’s why what you see on your Facebook is completely different from what your parents see in their ID. This means that social media is showing you the exact same things that you want to see. This is why in Google search the non-competitive phrases are completely different. It is the manipulation technique used by social media to hook their user and the psychology that must be harnessed to achieve this goal. This often leads to increased rates of depression and suicide among adolescents and young adults. According to a survey:
- 62% increase in hospitalizations among American women – women ages 15-19
- 189% increase in onset of self-injury 2010-2014
- 70% Increase in Suicide – Women Aged 15-19
- 151% increase in the number of suicides among women aged 10-14
There is also a phenomenon where the patient wants to have plastic surgery so that they can look like these pictures with Snapchat filters. Another alarming fact about social media is their contribution to spreading fake news. Sometimes, spreading misinformation can cause enormous chaos and conflict. Such as fake news regarding COVID-19, propaganda that can be used to influence the political campaign; or the pizza gate conspiracy theory that claimed politicians were associated with human trafficking.
“It is not the technology that brings the existential threat, it is the ability of technology to bring out the worst in society.“
Even the engineers who invented and programmed this social media do not yet know the solution to the existing problem. They know that in the days to come anything bad can happen. It’s like a time bomb. Problematic use of social media can be a major problem for the future to come. So, they propose countermeasures:
10 ways to beat social media addiction
- Turn off notifications or reduce the number of notifications you receive.
- Uninstall time-wasting social media and news app. Use a search engine that does not restore search history
- Use the browser extension to block the recommendation, factcheek. Before sharing tastes or comments, while the information seems surprising.
- Obtain sources from different perspectives, including sources you might disagree with
- Do not give devices to children.
- Never accept the recommendation video on TV / YouTube
- Try to avoid clickbait material.
- Keep devices out of the bedroom after a while.
- Don’t allow the use of social media until the kids reach high school.
When was the last time you went an entire day without your smartphone? Looks like forever, right? We have to keep in mind that social media is not 100% deadly, we just have to decide how we want to use it. Let social media not control us, our control should be in our hands.
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