Over the past few decades a great deal of change has occurred in the realm of technology due to advancements and unimaginable innovation. From super speed internet to super smart “smart phones”, society has been presented with great power and along with that great responsibility. Although created with intentions to improve everyday via communication, social media has had detrimental effects on the population
In a study done by Church and Thambusamy the negative consequences of social media have become much more evident through results obtained in the end. Conducted mainly on middle aged/younger women, the study highlighted that the “key finding of the study confirms the idea that status benefits encourage competition in online setting”. From this statement one can extract the fact that social media users such as the women in the study are influenced in one way or another to behave. Specific influences may be attractive as one has the possibility to gain status benefits such as being labelled in a higher position than others. Labels that may be gained include beautiful, appalling, successful, etc…
In a piece of writing by classmate @cleacatona6529 on the same article by Church and Thambusamy, they title it as “What do we want? Approval! When do we want it? Now!”. In it they do a great job of criticizing the efforts of society as individuals go to great lengths in order to be approved of or admired by their audience(s). This is a basic human need via love/belonging as expressed in “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” so the basis of its existence is understandable from a psychological standpoint. Nowadays actions such as editing, filtering and distorting one’s public image are extremely common and made simple with phone applications. This is just one example of how people today feel pressured to fit into certain images. With a great number of the population participating in this facade, it creates unrealistic expectations and perceptions for those absorbing it.
In the same piece @cleacatona6529 states that “We no longer simply have to seek out the approval of our family and small town communities, but that of what many see is to be the entire world”. Because of social media presence from technology people are able to portray their entire lives to large audiences, perhaps larger than should be. The known effects on the mental and physical health of using vast amounts of social media are unknown due to the newness of it, but recent research has shown that many are exhibiting lesser abilities of focus.
For now people should attempt to realize the indirect motives of competition that may be present in their actions as social media becomes more and more present in the everyday life.
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