We are living in a digital age where almost every aspect of our lives revolves around the Internet. Every year, technology becomes more innovative, thus making it more accessible to consumers.
In the United States, the average household has up to 10 different high-tech devices. Smartphones and computers are no longer the only tools used to surf the Internet and post on social media. Since people have so many different ways to browse the web, they spend more and more time in cyberspace. This means less time they spend in the real world.
That isn’t the only way social media sites are screwing us over, however. Read on for a list of 25 ways social media sites might be getting the better of you.
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What You Post Online is Forever
The Internet is extremely vast. Every second, hundreds of millions of pictures are uploaded, posts are shared, and social media accounts are created.
Many people think the posts that they upload can get lost in the noise. However, nothing truly dies on the Internet. That’s why it’s so important to think twice before you share anything online. It’s much easier to control your content than to change who saw it once it’s posted.
You’re sitting behind your desk, casually searching for your next dream vacation. The next thing you know, flights to the Bahamas are being advertised everywhere you look. Unfortunately, that’s not the universe telling you to go on an expensive getaway. It’s actually targeted ads.
Special algorithms use data from your browsing history to make advertisements more personalized to you. In other words, you’ve been legally hacked. While there are some ways to control what ads you see, there is no way to get rid of them completely without totally unplugging from the Internet.
Turns You into a "Stalker"
Social media has normalized behavior which would have been charactered as stalking back in the day. It’s okay to admit that you’ve scrolled deep into someone’s profile. That’s because everyone has done it at least once or twice before.
However, if you really think about, going through someone’s posts from last year just to get to know them a little better is kind of weird. Yet, social media works upon the basis of looking through someone’s profile.
Causes Weight Gain
An estimated 170 million children below the age of 18 suffer from obesity, according to the World Health Organization. Scientific researchers believe social media has something to do with that shocking number.
Children who actively use social media have a greater risk of experiencing sleep issues, which then leads to weight gain. Even adults who use social media are prone to weight gain.
In addition to affecting sleep cycles, the amount of time spent on social media platforms is that much time taken away from participating in physical activity.
Between working on a computer and checking a phone, the average person could be experiencing at least eight hours of screen time a day. Electronic notebooks, smartphones, and other digital devices emit a significant amount of blue light.
Avid social media users often report having strained and dry eyes after spending a lot of time on their phones. Headaches and nausea are also side effects of looking at a screen for too long.