love it or hate it, it’s here to stay
Do you agree? Or are you happy with social media as it is—an illusion of what real life looks like for most of us and a place to distract us from our own lives?
There are 7.7 billion people in the world, with at least 3.5 billion using social media. That’s nearly 1 out of every three people who use social media.
Sites like Instagram, Facebook, WeChat, WhatsApp, and YouTube each have over 1 billion users. As we know it, life has morphed into technology, and for many of us, our perception of reality is severely flawed.
our lives through a screen
On average, we spend 6 hours and 43 minutes online. That’s average—take a minute to check your screen time to see if you fall above or below this number, and feel free to comment below.
Using the number above it suggests that we spend 100 days connected to the internet. Moreover, if we sleep 8 hours a night, which most of us don’t, and spend the average stated time online, it means we’re giving 40% of our lives using the internet. This number rises as your average time online increases.
And depending on where you live, we spend up to 3 hours and 53 minutes on social media and communication apps. It’s essential to understand where our time goes each day and how it may be affecting our perspective of reality.
For more in-depth information about these statistics and see the most used emoji, check out the article for yourself by clicking the link below.
more screen time could become a problem
Ok, I will get a little Sciency here because I care about everyone’s well-being and mental health.
There is growing evidence supporting the idea that too much screen time could have damaging mental health effects. While the DSM-V does not officially list internet addiction, it suggests further research to conclude whether or not to add Internet Gaming Disorder as a formal disorder.
Social media algorithms work to keep us engaged. Our screen time equals dollars. The more time we spend online, the more money social media platforms receive from advertisers.
If you haven’t already watched, I recommend watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix.
It’s important to mention that teens’ excess use of screen time could increase anxiety and depression, which could become dangerous. Whether you’re a parent or a teen, understand the importance of healthy screen time and learn the signs of anxiety and depression.
Adults who struggle with mental health issues could also find themselves feeling disconnected from society and who they are by feeling inadequate through comparison.
social media as a tool to keep social media social
We can all find ourselves stuck in the bubble of social media at times. There are plenty of times where I have to reflect on my time spent throughout the day—how much I waste and how much I use mindfully.
Screen time doesn’t have to be all bad. And social media is an excellent tool if we choose to use it as such. It connects with billions of people all around the world.
Maybe some of you are OK with social media as a place to disconnect from your daily life. But I know many of us still crave human connection.
We want to feel the other person’s emotion as we listen empathetically and watch their body language in conversation.
We want to experience them smile when we make them happy, and we want them to experience the same—I know I do.
Social media can bring us together. And through my different channels, I always take time to understand what the person reaching out is saying and how I can reply with empathy.
I am always open to extending the connection offline. If there is a distance between us, I’ll settle for a video chat.
The point is I believe in keeping social media social and appreciate those who think the same. The evolution of technology isn’t slowing down anytime soon and I think we can benefit from finding a healthy balance between screen time and real-life human interactions.