7 Reasons why You should spend less time on Social Media

We are reachable 24/7, send each other snaps to stay up to date, and form our opinions of people based on their Instagram profiles. We meet other people online more often than ever before and showcase our professional accomplishments on Linkedin.

But what is the negative side of this high social media consumption?

 

In this article you will learn how social media influences the following areas:

  • Sleep
  • Self-Image
  • Mindfulness

     

Nº 1 Highly Addictive

Most social media apps make more money the longer you use their platform. There are whole teams of people working on how to keep users on the platform longer to increase revenue.

It is also human nature to want to learn more about any social event. The likes and comments on shared content provide a release of the happiness hormone dopamine.

Nº 2 A ton of Time

In Germany, 89 minutes per day is the average. Only Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands use the digital world less frequently. Nigeria is the absolute leader in social media use with 247 minutes.¹

This may not sound like much at first, but in a year it is over 30 days that we spend on the phone if we assume 8 hours of sleep.

Why don’t you spend the time learning an instrument?

Nº 3 Your mindfulness is sinking

You know that moment when you want to focus on something and you start looking at your phone more often without really intending to?

The constant inundation of social media content makes it harder for you to concentrate. The thought that someone might have written to you or liked your picture just won’t let you go.

Nº 4 Your self-worth is dropping

We try to present ourselves well in order to please others, to receive love.

The life shown on social media is mostly just an illusion. Not only do filters and Photoshop distort the truth, they bring us even further away from reality.

Researchers at Penn State University found in a study that our self-image is negatively affected just by seeing selfies of other people.

Nº 5 Wrong idea of friendship

Studies show that the quality of relationships is of central importance. Thus, quantity plays a subordinate role as long as quality is not present.

On social media, we have the feeling that we are close to everyone and yet we are usually far away from each other. But the many friends on Facebook, the comments on Instagram and clicks on Tik Tok make us perceive it quite differently.

Feelings of friendship and community may arise online without actually having personal relationships with the people behind these feelings.

Nº 6 Higher probability of depression

Among young people, the likelihood of developing depression is greatly increased with high social media consumption.
 

In fact studies show that it can lead to feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and listlessness.

Influencers pretend to live a perfect life between expensive products and beautiful trips. Many young people therefore doubt themselves and are marked by inferiority complexes.

Nº 7 Poor sleep

In the study by the University of Pittsburgh, 1,700 18-30 year olds were asked about their social media habits. The group that was on their mobile phone shortly before sleeping had a lower average quality of sleep.

The cause could be the blue light of the digital all-rounders, which blocks the release of melatonin, which in turn is responsible for sleep-wake cycle.

It is also likely that the information we take in has a decisive effect on our sleep. Social media usage may induce emotions and thoughts that are not conducive to good quality sleep.

 

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”

Doris Janzen Longacre

Conclusion

Social media helps us to cope with everyday life more easily in many areas. It has never been easier to be in touch with loved ones around the world.

The problem lies in how we handle social media, specifically it’s massive overuse and even abuse. The way those platforms are designed is problematic, their fundamental objective is to make us addicted.

We should start to question our personal consumption and educate our children more about the consequences to protect them. More and more children experience cyber bullying, which is often neither punished nor reported. In addition, children can be exposed to strangers pretending to be someone else. At the same time, there is a high risk of addiction.

Social media affects us all differently and yet there is a large part that is affected negatively. I think everyone should look at their consumption and the potential consequences to achieve a conscious approach to social media.