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Social Media, the Evil You Never Knew?

Now, if you're honest with yourself, you use social media pretty frequently. And to be honest, that's no bad thing - being connected and up to date on things has many benefits.

Now, if you’re honest with yourself, you use social media pretty frequently. And to be honest, that’s no bad thing – being connected and up to date on things has many benefits. However, it’s also a little-known secret that social media can have impacts on other parts of our lives at the same time. We’re going to be taking a look at some of the detrimental effects social media can have on you, and your professional or personal lives.

Poor Time Management

Oh dear, late again? Or perhaps you’re not keeping track of time too well and have found yourself with too much work to get done before the end of the day. One of the major headaches with social media these days is that people spend more time clicking through their accounts and less time getting on with the work they’re supposed to be doing. Whatever the problem, you may find that it can be put down to social media.

Online Bullying

A particular characteristic of the human race is that they are prone to malicious and angry words, which never really have a purpose. And yet, we say them all the time, and more often than not, in a hurtful way. One of the most significant problems that have been caused by the internet is just how it’s easy to become to bully someone; to make them so worthless and so utterly devoid of happiness. But unlike conventional conflict, this all takes place in a virtual world, where we can see our aggressors, and we can’t challenge them. It drives many perfectly happy people into dangerous spirals of depression, and no one seems to do anything about it. It’s a real problem created because of social media, and it represents a real darker side of humanity that some would rather ignore.

Mental Health

Tying into the concept of online bullying and shaming, you’ve also got negative impacts on mental health that connect directly to social media. People who use Facebook and Twitter all the time often report that they’re more stressed out than those who don’t. A lot of people got upset and disillusioned with the grandeur of life, just because they were on social media and exposing themselves to all kinds of dark and disturbing subject matter. There are upset and negative people on the web, and they spread their ideas and beliefs everywhere, and it’s easy to start believing them.

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Social media’s not a nice place sometimes. It could be said that it’s a breeding ground for so many adverse situations and feelings in life. Sure, being connected is a great thing, and staying in touch with friends and family even when you’re miles apart is useful, but you’ve got to be careful. You’ve got to temper that positivity with caution because there’s a lot of harm to be done. It’s so important to try and remember that just because you read something with a particular slant, or look at a photo which has been taken of something depressing, that doesn’t mean that you have to be shaped by it.

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