Followers: Good on Twitter, Horrible in Real Life
You are sitting with your family around the dinner table one holiday. Once the food is set, everyone takes out their phones to take a Snap or an Instagram picture – leaving you hungry and empty and all alone. If that wasn’t enough, once you’re allowed to actually touch the food, everyone just scrolls through their phones and answers unread messages waiting anxiously to be checked.
Social media is nothing bit common phenomena in our world right now – In fact, it would be a phenomenon NOT to have social media. The burdens and dangers of being addicted to social media have been highlighted and retold since the creation of social media itself. However, what is it that really separates an addiction from the norm? What is it that dictates you to seek help or slow down?
Well in our podcast, we address this issue. We talk about how social media participation can be seen in two factors: whether people post or just check others’ posts, and why the person is on social media in the first place. For most people, posting daily is now considered the norm and the point of addiction surpasses that into posting quite a few times a day and feeling the need to update everyone on everything that happens, the moment it happens “pics or it didn’t happen.”
But why is it too much? If we take the worst case scenario, unceasing social media updates can lead to stalkers, kidnappers, and much worse. People who continuously update their social media are liable to stalkers and kidnappers whereas women are also liable to rapists and traffickers. This is why it’s very important for people to watch their social media posts and take care about what they post and when to post it.
Now that we established how and why a person is considered addicted, we must look into whether or not they can stop. For most, the answer for this question will be a complete no-no. But thankfully, our panel has a point of view of someone who successfully boycotted all social media, and she says “It wasn’t that hard at first because I mainly felt relieved, it was only after a while did I start looking back.” Whether a person can actually quit social media or not will be left for the readers to answer. Good luck.