When I think about the way social media has a grip on people my age, I find that it resembles an addiction. I’ve asked a few people about their habits when it comes to visiting social media, and many have often cited that they visit these sites needlessly often.
In many ways, I am addicted to Facebook. I visit the site multiple times a day, and often just to pass the time. I found that I very rarely go to look for or read a specific thing. Although I did not participate fully this week, I have banned myself from Facebook in the past. During this past summer, in an effort to focus myself on studying for my MCATs, I refused to log into Facebook for about 2 months. I was surprised to find myself less disconnected than I previously thought. Not to say I didn’t miss it, but I learned to live without. However, I do not see Facebook as a devastating time-waster in my own life. The reason I chose to deactivate my account was simply to give up any temptation, and to see if I could actually do it. Now, having finished that intensive studying, I do not see a reason to be adamantly off of Facebook. So I reactivated. I understand that I am addicted, and I needlessly visit Facebook often, but I am also confident that I can complete what I need to complete, and I think that’s what matters most to me.
Whats scary to me is that I am beginning to see how people can ‘get help’ for their addictions. This Huffington Post Article talks about a few steps you can take in order to break your addiction. It’s frightening to think that people are so addicted, they need to follow quasi-AA type steps in order to overcome. In the future, I can only see the problems getting worse with the advent of technology and increasing frequency of popular social media websites.