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It’s the 21st century, the people of the world have social media and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Social media has not only made things easily accessible but it has made life, as a whole, more entertaining and amazing; but everything that’s amazing comes at a cost. It’s not really a surprise that social media has its own set of cons and almost all of them deal with the social aspect of our nature.
According to reports, Eighty-eight percent of online adults aged 18 to 29 are on Facebook and reports also suggest that the majority of the people dealing with anxiety, stress and depression fall under a similar age bracket. To add to the evidence, time spent on social media is also related to depression.
Social media is also extremely addictive. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very hard to stop. You ought to check it multiple times a day, if not once. Positive likes and comments serve as a positive reinforcement but then, **negative feedback can lead to a feeling of inadequacy.**One starts to feel that they are not as good enough as their counterparts which lead to disturbance and sadness.
With everyone trying to showcase their life as perfect on social media, you naturally tend to draw comparisons. You start to feel that your life isn’t as exciting and ‘perfect’ which leads to the added pressure of beautifying your own life for the sake of displaying it on social media.
With the widespread use of social media, companies can easily get a sneak peek into the life of their potential employees. This adds two more cons to the list; one, you lose your chance to make a first impression and second, you feel the need to lie in order to maintain an ideal image.
With time, more and more people are sharing personal information which increases the chances of identity fraud. With just the click of a few buttons, one can have complete access to your personal data and put it up somewhere where it’s not supposed to be. This increases your stress levels as you feel like you’re out in the open.
Last but not the least, it takes up a massive chunk of your time which in turn gives you less time for the more important things in life like family, friends, work, etc. You, in an extremely unaware state of mind, start living in a virtual world and move far far away from the reality of your life.
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