It might appear to be a silly and impracticable idea to many if they are told to stop posting their views on Facebook or their photographs on Instagram. Many social media users cannot keep their eyes off their screen from checking on the latest on Twitter or if they have received a Facebook message.
The younger generation has been observed to be spending a majority of their time on social media. And as the demographics renew with upcoming generations, nearly every platform sets new goals to continue to grow into the future.
But there are a number of recent studies that show it is not quite a healthy practice to be glued to an electronic device, waiting for the next tweet to come up or posting one.
And while there are many pros and cons of social media for society, there are also reasons aplenty on why individuals should limit their use of these platforms of stop using them altogether. Here are at least seven of them, not necessarily in the order of their importance.
1:- It Curtails Creativity
Social media works on some idea being shared by one person and hundreds, if not thousands liking it or forwarding it. So much time is spent on doing this that the average internet user has very little time to pursue activities of creative nature.
It is essential that whatever human beings do, they must be able to bring or add a little of their own in terms of ideas or solutions. This becomes virtually impossible with one’s unending engagement with social media.
2:- It Makes You Lazy and Devoid of Energy
As one spends maximum time through the waking hours on social media, they begin to have no interest on other important activities. It can get to the point that the habit grows so badly on the individual that a sense of laziness develops and it would appear the engagement with social media drains the person of all energy.
3:- Problems with Focusing
Studies have demonstrated that social media use causes lower levels of productivity and focus.
This has often been reported and you might have had occasions when you’re in a work meeting and some of your colleagues are checking social media sites on their phones for the latest messages. If the boss were to ask them a question or two on the topic or project or whatever is being discussed at the meeting, they will come back with a blank expression.
This could have negative implications for them going ahead.
4:- It Creates Impatience
Excessive time spent on social media has the effect of making people lose their temper quickly, since any distraction from their preferred activity sets off a kind of irritation.
From the real-world social setting and relationship building, whether within the family, or in an office environment, this could prove to be extremely undesirable.
Studies have indeed documented Facebook’s negative effects on users’ moods.
5:- It Limits the Scope for Personal Growth
You will have to acknowledge that social media favors the well-known and popular people who have achieved and earned their name and reputation in real-life and not by being active on social media.
Users often compare their lives to that of other users they view are more successful. In reaction, they focus on their own field of activity, achieve some results and show the world what they’ve done; and it is for this reason that social media can be a limited avenue that drives personal growth for individuals. Rather than the motivation being to further their own personal well-being, the social media user’s goal is instead narrowed only towards activities that can be shared and showcased on their social accounts.
6:- Channels That Market Fake News
This could be one strong reason to stop using social media. A lot of the content that appears on social media is fake or misleading, and while mainstream media has a responsibility to remain credible before publishing or broadcasting any piece of news, the same does not apply to social media where lies tend to spread faster than the truth.
By being a party to such an ecosystem that thrives on untruth and gossip, you are lending yourself to being a supporter of purveyors of falsehood.
7:- Improve Your Well-Being by Limiting Your Social Media Use
You could turn out to be a lot healthier after you make the decision to stop or limit all activities on your smartphone relating to social media. This is no empty claim, as there are practical examples of people feeling free after they succeeded in withdrawing themselves from social media and gaining complete control over their lives.
There could be other valid reasons to put an end to wasting one’s precious time on social media platforms and making no gains whatsoever. During the time you spent on social media unproductively, you could have produced something worthwhile and earned yourself dollars or other measures of reward.
Author Bio:- Sophie is a marketing specialist at Security Gladiators. A writer by day and a reader by night, she is specialized in tech and cybersecurity. When she is not behind the screen, Sophie can be found playing with her dog.