Social Media: Are We Addicted?


Anna Pogacnik, Sophomore Staff Writer

Social media surrounds us every single day. It is an ever present companion that we are unable to ignore.  Most of us wake up and go to sleep with our glowing phones; in the middle of the night we may check Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and any other social media platforms that we frequently use. Granted, social media is an easy way to keep up with what’s going on in the world, but could this dependance be hurting us at the same time?  Are we addicted to social media? Is this potential addiction contributing to health problems and obesity in our society? Or is it impacting lives in a positive way?

It’s no doubt that ever since technology became a dominant force in everyone’s lives, we have all become a little more lazy. Sometimes we check our phones for a simple thing, such as the weather, but then end up watching that new Netflix series that everyone is talking about. Junior, Sydney Ford agrees saying,  “Sometimes I use my phone to look up something for school, but end up on Instagram for an hour.” This is very common and happens to almost everyone, so does this mean that we are addicted to social media?

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan is part of a research team in central London that has been studying the addictive behaviors relating to technology and social media that are present in society.  Of the patients she has studied so far, there appears a common theme relating to lack of sleep. Dr. Ramlakhan states, “The thing many of my patients have in common is the fact that they are in front of screens all the time. Even when they try to sleep at night, they can. The emphasis on social media has become so pervasive.” Dr. Ramlakhan believes that there are some people who are somewhat addicted to social media, but not everyone. “Technology has become such a huge part of our lives that it is hard for anyone to not once look at a screen throughout their day,” remarked Ramlakhan.

Another issue with us becoming so dependent on technology, is whether or not it is contributing to health problems and obesity. Many studies have continued to show that technology is definitely affecting our health in many ways, including obesity. But luckily, by stopping what you are doing on your phone or computer for at least thirty minutes a day to exercise, many of these health issue should not affect you, claims studies done so far.

“Social media can also be a very positive outlet for creativity and inspiration,” added junior, Kaitlyn McCarthy. This statement is a very true because social media presents a great platform for reading and sharing inspiring stories as well as providing an avenue of communications among friends outside of school. Many of us love checking our phones to see what our friends our up to or what happened over night, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

It appears then that there are positives and negatives to social media that we all should recognize. Technology and these platforms won’t be disappearing anytime soon, so by managing your time and taking breaks away from your phone or computer you can still enjoy all that social media has to offer without becoming “addicted”.