21st century – Addiction or misuse of Social Networks

Being aware of the social life of others can become obsessive.

That’s right, unfortunately the Social Networks allow an overexposure of private life that becomes public.

Of course, talking about addiction is a very serious issue, but it is crucial to know what are the alarms that indicate that we are at the limit. Obviously, as you are thinking, it is adolescents who most often suffer from this type of addiction but do not lose perspective because more and more people, and not so young at least in age, are overexposed to the continuous flow of information from Social Networks.

 And I warn you that not only do I talk about Facebook Twitter, or Instagram … keep an eye on WhatsApp which is attractive to everyone … who does not check daily the “status” of their contacts to “see what is happening in their lives.” Of course, any reason is good to visit the Social Networks for professional, social, sports, personal issues … and the list can be endless.

 Obviously there are people who are more vulnerable than others but I want to leave some small tips that they should check if they begin to locate them in their closest surroundings and again I warn them not to put only the focus on the younger ones we can all be there. I confess that I have passed the quarantine. And before they continue reading … I beg you to be subtle in reviewing these lines.


Watch out if …

– You begin to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, if it gives you more satisfaction to investigate what others do than drink a coffee with a friend.

– You get up or before getting up the first thing you do is to look at your smartphone to see what happened in your near and not so close surroundings.

– Check your phone for your Social Networks more than 3 times in an interval of 1 hour or less.

– Begin to think that what happens in your environment is more interesting than your day to day

– If you check on your whatsapp the time they read, if they have read it, if they have received it and you are all “traps” that allows you to over-self-control

– And last but not least …. have you stopped doing other activities because you are connected to your Social Networks?

Confess… the last thing you do before bedtime is to watch the Internet? Yes?

 In short if you have reduced the time of your usual tasks such as sport, chat, attend to family or friends … can be alerts to “make it look”

 The excessive use of Social Networks takes us away from reality, from the daily environment of our day to day life, they isolate us. I want to be cautious I don’t know whether to talk about addiction or misuse … but it is important to be on alert.

 If you have had the opportunity to read my other articles (if you have not already done so I recommend them … it is wrong that I say so) I like to accompany all my reflections with numbers. The most recent studies indicate that 90% of the so-called Millennials use Social Networks, the figures obviously go down for the generation called X that is estimated at 77% and for those born during the Baby Boom … that is, for those who are already at the age of forty the number of users is reduced by approximately 48%.

And now the following analysis: the average time of use worldwide is more than 2 hours. In other words, we spend more than 2 hours every day “hooked” to Social Networks in a general average. Now comes the reflection aloud apart from sleeping and daily tasks and obligatory fulfillment such as work, study…. Is there any other alternative activity to which they spend more than 2 hours ?. I think I’ve said it all again I recommend watch out.

The figures of the volume of information that are generated should make us reflect, every day more than 500 million “stories” are published on Instagram.

If yours is the world of Influencers 49% of consumers, before making a decision, first review it in their profiles.

Technology has come to stay and the important things became urgent, everything is here and now. Our life has changed. If we look back at the revolution that has caused the arrival of the internet in our environment and therefore everything that implies, it has meant an irremediably change.

The turning point is to reflect that no one has taught us to use it. It entered into our lives, our work, education, hobbies but without an instruction book on how to make better use. And this is where we have to be alert, it is the challenge of the men and women of the 21st century to educate ourselves in technology.

It seems unquestionable the transformation of profiles professions that today are highly humanized but that in the present future could be replaced by technology, I give you an example: it is anticipated that with the new developments of software in medicine the diagnoses made by machines will have a pressure rate 2 times higher than that of a physician

Think of the figure of the teacher, e-learning platforms along with other collateral tools such as You Tube are becoming the learning teacher for new generations. And let’s reflect on other professional environments such as lawyers, farmers, architects, journalists, traders … Humanized professions that will gradually be replaced by technology and we will therefore make more use of it. Picasso said “the machines are useless because they give us the answers”. W​what a contradiction and what a magnificent reflection

This is where we must keep the perspective and, not become elementary. The challenge of the 21st century is not the development of technology, this is already the present, the great challenge is to continue developing creativity, critical thinking, more spaces for people, to share, to feel, to live from personal emotions and not technological

Even so, I refer to that viral phrase of the Mercedes Benz CEO to conclude. He said, “gentlemen do not buy cars or study law” there I leave the reflection until my next article.

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