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Social Media Addiction Or Pervasive Loneliness?

Checking our social feeds at least a dozen times has become our routine. To be honest, we all are fickle social media lovers.

According to a research recently done, The more time a person spend staring at his/her phone — scrolling through Facebook,  trolling on Twitter, clicking on Instagram, snapping or Whatsapping — the lonelier that person prone to feel.

Studying young adults suggests that frequent use of social media might be associated with growing feelings of isolation. Brian Primack, the study's lead author and director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh said in a press release,

"We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalize us instead of bringing us together, While it may seem that social media presents opportunities to fill that social void, I think this study suggests that it may not be the solution people were hoping for." 

The research was published on Monday in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. It is an attempt to determine how the use of social media exactly affects our minds. In 2014, a research review found that use of "social networking sites" is associated with low-self esteem.
However, the biggest challenge for researchers is to find which came first: Social media addiction or pervasive loneliness.

Elizabeth Miller, a senior author of Monday's study and a professor of pediatrics at Pitt stated,
"It's possible that young adults who initially felt socially isolated turned to social media. Or it could be that their increased use of social media somehow led to feeling isolated from the real world. It also could be a combination of both."

For the researching process, the Pitt researchers in 2014 sampled nearly 1,800 U.S. adults aged between 19 and 32. They filled out questionnaires to determine for how long are they using social media platforms and this led researchers to conclude that users who are active for more than 2 hours on social media a day had twice the odds to feel lonely than those who spent 30 minutes or lesser. Users who check on their social media accounts more than 58 times a week are three times more prone to perceive isolation than people who visit fewer than nine times per week.

However, the research is still in process but the outcome of previous studies proves that increased social media use could make people feel more socially isolated. First, it will lead you to have less time for real-world interactions. Second, some aspects of social media can make people feel depressed and sad about their lives, like seeing friends posts partying while you are busy at work and this can spark feelings of envy and make you believe that everyone is living their best lives — except for you.

So, rather than getting depressed or feeling lonely, start interacting with people in real-world sitting next to us. Nobody, not even me, can exactly stop using social media but still, we can at least minimize the time we spend on Facebook or Twitter and rather invest it in communicating with our friends and family in real lives.

Stop wasting your weekends on social sites and better go out, have some fresh air and enjoy the real world.

Have good time folks!! xx

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