Social Media And Its Effect On Society

2203 WordsNov 28, 20169 Pages
Yawn. Post. Tweet. Share. Repeat. Three quarters of eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds say that they reach for their phones immediately upon waking up in the morning (Weisberg). What are they reaching for? The desire to stay on top of what others are doing is a major point in society. Social media is commonly defined by the repetitive collaboration of keeping up with modern technology. Social networking has a negative role in society whether those affected realize it or not. But it is not only millennials who affected by this routine, it is all age groups. Once out of bed, we check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study (Weisberg). Snap Chat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are the Founding Fathers of the digital campaign. “Human character changed on or about December 2010, when everyone, it seemed, started carrying a smartphone” (Mendelson). With a smartphone in hand, people are constantly refreshing, and clicking away to stay updated with what other people are doing. In a recent study by the research firm eMarketer, Americans spend an average of five and a half hours a day with digital media, more than half of that time on mobile devices (Weisberg). This is not only in America: it is a worldwide phenomenon that needs to be stopped. Today, it is common to have an in depth conversation with someone through a screen rather than face to face. Priorities have become blurred. Society cannot unplug due to this over looked addiction.
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