Cyber News Now: Social media addiction risks
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - We are connected in a lot of ways these days, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok just to name a few. However, the more you post, the more information you share with the world. This can not only impact how you receive data, but also how you internalize it.
Billions of people worldwide use social media. According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, we average about 2.5 hours on it daily.
Child psychiatry expert Dale Peeples says it's about convenience.
“Smart phones have become ubiquitous. We’ve got social media in our pockets 24/7, it’s just so easy to use.” said Peeples.
Peeples says social media is designed this way on purpose.
“They want us to be using them. So, you’re sent reminders, notifications, visual cues, sound cues that tell you hey, give this a look see what’s going on.”
He feels it can be a good thing.
“Removing some of the barriers that may exist when you have a friend out of town or when COVID-19 is spiking, you can still stay in touch with people, that’s wonderful.”
But, Peeples says there can be too much of a good thing. Have you ever heard of doom scrolling?
“It's just kind of refreshing, going down, and down, and going down the feed without any sense of purpose.”
This behavior can leave you with some unwanted psychological effects.
“It can lead to feelings of alienation, it can lead to feelings of loneliness, it can lead to feelings of missing out, it can lead to feelings of you know my life doesn’t compare to others out there.”
He also tells FOX54 heavy social media use can make it hard to rest.
"People looking at notifications in the middle of the night, continuing to engage with social media before they go to bed, delaying bed hour after hour after hour, that's actually a huge problem I see almost every day in clinic."
Peeples recommends watching not only your usage as well as what you’re posting during that time.
"There are documented issues with apps sharing more information about us than we’ve given permission to...So, being cautious about even what you share, even what you’re typing in those messaging apps.”
Ultimately, Peeples says pay attention to your emotions while using social media. If you begin to feel anxious, consider taking a break. You can always check your phone settings to see your screen time. If you think it’s too much, Peeples recommends limiting your usage, or moving the apps away from your home screen on your phone.
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