Have you ever looked at the clock and realised you’ve spent the last two hours scrolling through Facebook, snapping on Snapchat, surfing the net or even texting while driving?
This digital culture of constant connection will take a toll on us as users both personally and professionally. We are bombarded with so many messages and alerts that even when you try to focus it is almost impossible.
We are attempting to grapple with a digital overload. Nowadays, “turning off” is simply not a viable option; with so much work, communication, and socialising taking place on screens, few of us can afford to be offline for significant portions of the workday.
How is Social Media a weapon of mass distraction and what is the solution? Follow our steps to a healthier digital life online.
Social media has become an addiction, not only to adults but to kids as well. To prove my point, wake up in the morning and count how many times a day you look at your phone (whether it pings or is silent) how many times do you check TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Linkedin, Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram, Discord, Tinder? Are your kids doing the same? How much time are they spending on a digital device?
Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. In most addictions, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school.
What makes social media so addictive?? Well that’s an easy answer — It’s because it is an extension of ourselves and it is how we communicate.
Here are a few ways that I believe social media is keeping us hooked:
There is no doubt that Social Media design features are effective, however what is good for their company profit is definitely not great for your mental health.
Follow this digital detox challenge to a healthier digital life online:
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