Have you ever heard a quote of “Having to explain to a child of today, who has learned to swipe before they can speak, that certain aspects of a person’s life must remain private for the preservation of one’s sanity is almost frivolous” (Aysha Taryam) 4 ? It is clear that new generation are highly exposed to social media; sarcastically since their first day on earth. In certain situation, people might have been addicted to the social media as it is vital in establishing a relation in communications to certain groups of people. There are few articles and discussions are made as of the issue on media is quite complicated ; social media addiction can also be classified as cyber disorders which brings many impacts to people where the addiction can be stronger than addiction to cigarettes or foods.
So, the main of the writing is to pop-up a few impacts on social media addiction.Specifically, people argue that there are five different types of internet addiction, namely computer addiction, cyber-sexual addiction, information overload, net compulsions, and cyber-relationship addiction 1. Firstly, social media leads to computer addiction where it commonly happened to teenagers and it is become a habit for them.
Teenagers tend to spend most of their times playing games and other entertainment instead of doing outdoor activities and this could lead to some health problems. For example, when someone sitting for so long; playing games or working with computers, it can result in poor posture which can also result in chronic back problems that require the services of a chiropractor. Dry eyes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision complications are some other eye problems caused by over use of a computer. Migraine and headaches are quite common in computer addiction that are linked to the straining of the eyes 2. So it is clear that social networking addiction (computer addiction) is an unhealthy habit that we should avoid before it’s too late.As the digital generation grows up, societies’ norms are being challenged by changing views of what is acceptable communication 3. Next, the Internet and virtual social networks are new technologies that have had most impact on young people where it involved cyber-sexual addiction.
There is a possibility for children to be abused via cyberspace through online sexual solicitation and get access to pornography (Karen L.2007). To make it clear, the internet is replete with inappropriate material, including pornography, chat-rooms with adult themes and access to instant messaging wherein others could misrepresent themselves. Young people live much of their lives online: texting and ‘sexting’ their thoughts and images to their intimates and strangers alike.
These changes have challenged the legal structures committed to protecting society’s youth (Mark B. Pacheco, 2013). For example, children are actively utilizing the internet where unknown others can have access to them or where they can be exposed to inappropriate sexual materials. Therefore it is a vital for parents to guard the teenagers (most common) on the usage of internet and the limit in accessing some websites.
They require safeguarding and education in safe internet use.Moreover, the social network site like Facebook and Instagram are some rapidly expanding phenomenon that changed the nature of social relationships. Obviously people are sharing overload information about them to the public by posting status, sharing pictures with location and the worst is when they also shared their identity (private information) in some browsing website without any hesitance. Students are normally get this wrong because Internet served as one of the fastest way to get information. It is easy for them to get latest updated information and students are now not really aware of the issues.
Sometimes one cannot see the validity behind the information. But to some extend it’s also causing a problem of Information Overload, all because it’s providing the individuals with so much information that it’s causing hidden problem 5. People should think twice before they shared any important information to the public to prevent the misused of it.In the nutshell, social media should not be the major issue in our country.
Social media addiction is a relevant problem that will get even worse in future due to the rapid development of information and communication of technologies. It is recommended if people could devote less time on the Internet activities and to resist the addiction is to train your will. Any individual who is not being impacted due to social media ought to step aside and take a gander at his/her life and set your own priorities straight.
Value the good things in your life before it is too late.