The internet has been around for a while now, and it’s not leaving any time soon. As the last year has shown our society relies more and more on technology, the internet, social media, and all things digital. But, how much is too much? When we crave human interaction why is it that we seek it through online outlets? In part it’s due to the current global pandemic and the restrictions that we all live in now. Regardless, before the world shut down this was already happening, it has turned into a multi billion dollar industry, a giant by all standards. Is it that it’s not trendy to meet people unless you’ve met online prior to irl (in real life)? Is it that we like being able to look up a persons online profile to know more about them instead of asking said person?
Who is Being Most Affected?
The average person has at least one social media profile, with so many options to choose from, networking online has never been as important as it is today. With the pandemic sending most people home and a great deal of the work force working from home, social media has really sky rocketed.
According to the Pew Research Center, around 7 out of 10 Americans have social media. In a matter of years from 2005 to 2011 social media has risen, in 2005 approximately 5% of all adult Americans had a social media profile, as recent as 2011 72% of adult Americans had a social media profile. In present 2021 when normal day-to-day activities have changed it is easy to assume that the numbers have risen.
How is This Bad For My Health?
The issue is that we are spending more and more time online. Research shows that body image issues can be traced to unhealthy diet tips and heavily edited photographs of perfect and unrealistic body goals. Leading to extreme dieting, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia. It is predicted that people who spend too much time online gaming for long periods of time, will develop serious health issues. Lack of sunlight, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet causes a lack of nutrients and vitamins. Back, shoulders, and hip bone issues, stomach issues, and eye health is seriously being affected.
College students were sent home, recent grads are struggling to find jobs, parents have to juggle helping students with online classes, and keeping a distance from others. Meeting new people or friends has dramatically changed and instead of attending job fairs or mixers to network new job opportunities. This is also leaving people vulnerable to scams.
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