Social Media is the cause of many issues and solutions worldwide. It can be used to sensitize people to an important cause but can also be used to create hatred. Do you ever wonder how long many people spend looking at a screen every day? Have you ever discovered that it is tougher nowadays to start a conversation or hold a conversation? Since social media has stormed the world, nobody feels the need to socialize in person.
First and foremost, Society perceives that a person must appear in a specific way to be socially acceptable. There are dozens or even hundreds of applications that enable users to make their images leaner or more excellent versions of themselves and foster social acceptance. Some people feel that they have not satisfied these unrealistic criteria. They connect their eyes with their self-worth, resulting in poor self-esteem and severe mental problems (Quinn, 2018). They fixate on the look of their body compared to a superstar or model, and to make things worse, many of them hunger in the aim of acquiring what Society calls a flawless figure. This also leads to tremendous debt to depict a particular lifestyle as socially acceptable (Oliver et al., 2019). Social media must quit operating as a harmful mirror that undermines self-esteem and encourages people to satisfy themselves.
Secondly, using social networks distract people from their current tasks. These distractions can lead to many problems. For example, it can lead a person to suffer in their education. Instead of looking for a job, you can check your Facebook or Snapchat and distract yourself – what can be hours – to prevent the work from being done. Young people use digital media to relieve boredom quickly, and tragically the school is one of the locations where they usually feel monotony. Social media also slows productivity, whether at school or work (Jiang & Ngien, 2020). The time spent on diversion and the struggle to return to the primary activity leads to poor performance. In addition, the long durations a person spends on social networks limit the time he spends with his family. Relationships like this tend to get damaged by the antisocial hurdles they face owing to social media overconsumption. The final result forces such people to stay alone and avoid the company of others, leading to less socializing.
Finally, it reduces face-to-face communication, which removes the emotional connection and may eventually undermine the ability of a person to communicate correctly. Some people tend to know their limitations when socializing over the internet, but some are so in the virtual world that they lose track. As social media has become more widespread, individuals desire to engage with people online instead of in person, simplifying the procedure. But this has resulted in a deterioration of peoples’ social decorum and communication skills. When presented with real-life circumstances or social gatherings, it is exceedingly difficult for anyone to use social networks as a form of communication to think quickly and reply instantaneously. These, among other reasons, make people avoid socialize with others in the modern community.
Social networks’ impacts on Society are spiralling downwards, and if no one is stopping it now, it is impossible to say what kind of future is ahead of us. People must know that social Media destroys Society by breaking down communication skills, unrealistic sense of body image, and distraction, resulting in lower productivity. They have to put their telephones down to enjoy their time with friends or families, rather than a crowned beautiful body and the new celebrity pair.
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