Have you ever felt so emotionally or mentally exhausted after scrolling through your social media feed for what you thought would be 5 minutes, but turned into an hour? Social media has provided us with an outlet to express who we are, what we like or don't like, and to be able to stay connected to the world. But, is it healthy to constantly scroll through your feed and switch between one app to another 50 times a day?
According to Broad Band Search, the average amount of time people spend on social media is over 2 hours per day. This may not seem like a lot, however, the average time spent on social media has increased approximately 70% since 2012 when Instagram was first introduced.
Broad Band Search estimates that the average person will spend a total of 3,462,390 minutes using social media over their whole lifetime.
That's a total of 6 years and 8 months -Yikes!
It's safe to say that we probably all have a little addiction to social media. (I know I'm guilty of this) Social media has become the lifeline for staying in the know with current events, family or friends, and discovering new brands.
Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of using social media:
Staying connected with the world, friends, news, local businesses
Learning or teaching new skills
A good distraction from reality
Discovering so much about the world and seeing it through different lenses (literally)
Life being filtered - grey area between reality and fantasy
Comparing yourself to others
A bad distraction from reality
Pressure to prove your self-worth through likes, comments, views and engagement
This is a short list of pros and cons, as I didn't want to overwhelm you.
Can you think of other pros and cons for using social media? Share below in the comments!