Social Media Addiction

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“We didn’t have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people” said Athena, a teen who was interviewed by the Atlantic (Twenge 2017). When individuals are addicted to social media, it may cause a lot of problems, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Teenagers today struggle with communication and creating strong bonds with others due to their lack of in-person conversations. Most conversations take place over text messages or social media accounts and it has affected their attitudes and behaviors. Addiction to social media typically leads to unplanned circumstances, such as mental health problems, which includes depression and anxiety.
The numbers of depressed and suicidal teens have gone up tremendously throughout the past five years. The reasoning behind this lead back to their phones, which shows that electronics are making individuals very unhappy. About 90 percent of young adults use social media daily, which may include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and Snapchat (Primack 2017). When individuals spend all their time on cellphones or other electronics, they tend to compare themselves to others that they see online, which may include them wanting to have a slimmer body, be tanner, or it could be as simple as wanting to eat healthier. When there is a photo that gets a lot of likes on Facebook or Instagram, they automatically want that to happen to them as well. Athena said, “I’m nervous about what

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