While there’s no denying the positive impact of social media on both individuals and businesses, there’s also a negative side to it that we should be familiar with. Social media isn’t all fun and games, and the experts whose views we’re going to present in today’s article explain why. Here’s what 3 professionals have to say about the negative effects of social media.
Negative Effects of Social Media: 3 Experts Weigh In
1. It Can Lower Your Self-Esteem
If you’ve been on social media for a while, you’ve probably noticed how it can make you doubt yourself, as well as lower your self-esteem. According to Damon Beres from Mashable, people don’t seem to feel that good after spending a lot of time on social media. A few of the most common feelings they have are frustration, loneliness, and anger. These feelings stem mostly from a comparison with other people on social media.
It’s no secret that social media invites us to compare ourselves with the people around us. Not only that, but it’s ability to fabricate perfect lives, perfect bodies, and so on, can severely lower the self-esteem of people who feel the need to draw a comparison between them and their online friends and followers.
2. It Can Become Addictive
This is probably no longer a surprise for anyone. Still, spending too much time on social media can lead to addiction. Ali Kingston Mwila, writer, blogger, and technology columnist, believes that this is more visible in teenagers. They tend to spend a lot of hours procrastinating on social media. This leads to less focus and motivation, as well as to too much reliance on the internet. For instance, most people (especially young ones) tend to rely on technology to find out how to do certain things, instead of actually taking the time to gain practical knowledge.
In terms of addiction, social media can make it increasingly difficult for people to focus on other things. If you feel the need to constantly check your phone during work hours, you might be on the path to social media addiction yourself.
3. It Is Impossible to Stop
What we mean by this is that whenever you post something on social media, you have to accept the fact that once the information is out, you have no control over it anymore. Suvashree Bhattacharya, Deputy Manager at REVE Systems, warns people that a mistake on social media is extremely difficult to erase. Whatever you post can reach millions of people in just a couple of seconds.
As a result, whether you post something accidentally, or you change your mind and decide the statement no longer represents you, at least someone has probably already seen it before you get the chance to delete it. Not only that, but that person might have also saved it or shared it with someone else. A mistake can cost you a lot on social media. This is why we recommend taking your time with what you decide to post.
These are only a couple of possible negative effects of social media. Still, they’re definitely 3 of the most concerning ones. Keep them in mind whenever you use social media, be it for business purposes or personal reasons.
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