Is Using Facebook Too Much Bad for your Health?

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Will Facebook be the next cause of a global epidemic?

It is no secret that almost every single individual on Earth with an internet connection has a social media account. With the advent of modern technology, it has become incredibly simple for people to share their lives with both loved ones and strangers alike. Facebook, one of the most popular social media sites, had over 2.27 Billion active users in the 3rd quarter of 2018. This means that more than 1/4th of the population has access to a personal Facebook account. On average, users spend 35 minutes browsing Facebook on a daily basis. This huge number of people use Facebook for multiple reasons. However, is this much consumption of social media good for your wellbeing? Multiple studies conducted worldwide have shown that your health is being affected by Facebook. This occurs on multiple levels.

Low activity, high impact

Physically, there is a possibility that your consumption of social media affects your physical state. Studies show that individuals who use Facebook on long periods of time remain in a sedentary position. This means that while they are using the social media app, they have little to no physical exertion at all.

Having little to no physical activity affects your body in multiple ways. It can be detrimental to posture, especially if one keeps on slouching over a desktop computer, laptop, or smartphone. The lack of physical activity also means that you minimize your consumption of any calories, which may lead to obesity if multiple instances occur.

The opinions of the masses

Many studies also assert social media’s effects on an individual’s mental health as well. By posting on a public space, you are open to criticism from individual who you may not even know. People can comment on anything they want, even on something you post, and sometimes even hiding behind the veil of anonymity that Facebook allows them to have. Even individuals who are not afraid to show their face have the guts to comment something on your post. Constructive criticism may be beneficial, but people with malicious intentions exist online. These people can say things about you that are untrue.

All these can cause significant stress to an individual. It may even reach a point where individuals suffer from Cyberbullying, a form of bullying that specifically affects someone through social media. This ridicule and torment can take a toll on an individual’s mental health, driving that individual down a spiral of unhealthy self-deprecation. In some instances, it could even lead an individual to take his or her own life.

Socialization behind a screen

Because it is so convenient for us to catch up with our friends online, we forget that we have actual lives as well. People become more and more socially inept, refusing to engage in social interaction and instead focusing on the glow of their smartphones. People are slowly forgetting what it is like to engage in conversation with one another.

While this may seem harmless at first, it creates difficult situations for people who have become so engrossed in their Facebook accounts. Their inability to become sociable may affect their relationships with other people. It may even deprive them the capability of socializing as a whole.

Facebook has given us so many great things. It allows us to talk to friends and family with a click of a button, no payment needed. It introduced us to the concept of sharing our lives with others on a single app. However, people need to understand that it was created as a tool to assist socialization and not to replace it altogether. If people keep choosing to stare at their phones and use Facebook as a crutch, we may soon be living in a world where we’re unable to communicate in real life.