Alamogordo Town News Special Report: Time on Social Media

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Do you spend more than two hours per day on social media? Spending too long on social networking sites could be adversely affecting your mood and possibly your health.

In fact, you’re more likely to report poor mental health, including symptoms of anxiety and depression if you spend more than 2 hours a day on your Smart Phone on social media Apps.Some things to be mindful of...

Before social media, bullying was something only done face-to-face. However, now, someone can be bullied online anonymously. Today everyone knows what cyberbullying is, and most of us have seen what it can do to a person as such it can further add to daily stress.Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a phenomenon that was born at the same time as Facebook—and it’s one of the most common negative effects of social media. FOMO is basically a form of anxiety that you get when you’re scared of missing out on a positive experience or emotions that someone else is getting.Keep a positive self image. If you look at a lot of posts you’ll find beautiful people wearing expensive clothes on their perfect bodies.

Today, body image is an issue for many people of both sexes. Of course, seeing those perfect in accordance with the society standards people on a daily basis makes you conscious about how different you look from those pictures. And not everyone comes to the right conclusions in this situation.

On top of increased rates of anxiety and depression, spending too much time on social media can lead to poor sleep. Numerous studies have shown that increased use of social media has a negative effect on your sleep quality.

Social media is often described as being more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. With the worst social media apps being Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat when it comes to addiction.

Don’t know if you’re addicted to your social networks? Think when was the last time you went a full day without checking your social media accounts? What if your favorite social networks completely disappeared tomorrow; would it make you feel empty and depressed?

If you just realized you’re addicted to social media, don’t worry, as most of us are there with you in varying degrees. And it’s not necessarily a reason to go and wipe yourself off all those social networking platforms.

As with anything there are lots of good in our smart devises and using the social media apps. We are attached to friends from the past and long distances and can stay interconnected. However like anything; keep it real and authentic, don’t get bogged down in toxic dialog and don’t let it consumer you. Real authentic person to person contact is still supreme.

Chris Edwards - Author 2 Hours Unplugged: Unplug & Reconnect

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