Social Media Addiction

By: Jadyn Jannasch

Teenage addiction to social media is becoming a serious problem.

It’s affecting teens in a negative way. According to recent studies 39 percent of 11-to-14-year-olds have personal cell phones to communicate on. Studies also show that teens spend four and one-half hours viewing media each day (Antonio 1).

All this engagement with screen and audio media result in less time spent on studying and homework and more time on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc. Oriangley phones were just for verbal communication. Now people talk less and communicate more through social media applications. Based on those statistics an average teenager spending 8 hours sleeping and 8 hours in school would only have three and one-half hours left in the day for homework, eating, extracurricular activities and personal interaction with family and friends (Antonio 1). It doesn’t seem possible for teens to have good relationships or making their best effort in school with this limited amount of time to spend on homework.

Technology is a very important thing but there's a time and place for it. Some people can demonstrate self control by limiting their screen time for others, they may need parents to help limit their social media time. There are also applications, that can schedule access for certain times a day and limited amounts of time. Setting your phone aside and focusing on the more important task can increase your brain efficiency. Studies show that your brain can’t multitask, although multitasking with your smartphone may seem efficient, it actually has an opposite effect (Parker 2).

Technology is constantly evolving and teenagers will always be attracted to it. By putting a reminder to not use your smartphone as often, it could possibly improve your grades as well as your production efficiency (Parker 2). Focusing on more important tasks over what is happening on social media is the smart way to go.

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