How Much Time is Too Much Time on Social Media?
June 19, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

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On average, humans are said to spend a total of 5 years and 4 months of their lives on social media. To put that into perspective, we could fly to the moon and back 32 times, or watch the entire Simpsons series 215 times in the amount of time that we will spend on social media… a depressing thought really. Who is using it and why can vary, but demographics show a definite leaning towards young adults and businessmen of the western world as the most avid users.

Yet while it hosts an ocean of perks to explore, social media is also insidiously dominating our lives. Think you need to analyse your social media time? Check out these common warning signs of excessive usage.

Impacting Your Relationships

The majority of Irish people that use social media are millennials under the age of 34 with predominantly 25-34 year olds in Ireland using Facebook as a means of communication according to Emarkable. However, there is a downside to relying on technology to do your socialising for you.

impact-on-your-relationships

The quality of friendships and relationships can be compromised by the social media environment. The addictive nature of seeking likes and positive responses can lead to a nasty popularity competition among friends, or it can bring out a generally unpleasant side to people. Likewise with romantic relationships, what you post behind your partner’s back and who you talk to online can put a strain on your romantic life.

Also, if social media and a preference of befriending strangers online lead you to abandon time with the important people in your life, then your priorities are misconstrued. In this instance, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate time spent and what it is actually costing you.

Defining The Online You

Ireland is one of the countries just behind the USA and the UK when it comes to general internet usage. Our 15-24 year olds account for the highest age demographic of Irish social media users, making up 53% of the audience. One thing that is prominent among this demographic on social media is the need to create a certain “persona”, but maintaining it can start to affect you in a number of ways.

defining-the-online-you

Some people use social media sites as a personal diary and just do not know where to draw the line. Therefore when fellow users judge the online you, it may impact your self-esteem and confidence negatively. People try hard to reach for likes, create the perfect status and build a whole online life based on that. Yet, if dislikes and nasty commentary start to rear their ugly head, people can and will take it personally which can make them self-conscious in reality. If you feel you are getting too wrapped up in your online self, remember you are not tied to it or obliged to feed into it and you should cut ties if necessary.

Letting Important Tasks Slide

Many professions these days take advantage of social media as a means of communication and 67% of Irish businesses have jumped on the bandwagon. Entrepreneurship, marketing, IT and journalism are just some examples of sectors where workers are required to use forms of social media constantly in their line of work.

letting-important-tasks-slide

While this is a positive way of using social media time wisely and with benefit, the opposite can be very self-destructive. One of the biggest negatives of social media that any employer, teacher etc. can tell you about: is it’s a huge distraction. How many times has there been an important task to complete which was put on the long finger in order to check notifications, get drawn into new content or wait eagerly for a response to a comment you made? The impulse is undeniable and has happened to almost everyone.

Yet, if it becomes a regular occurrence to the point where you are facing real life consequences because of it, then you need to rectify this immediately. Letting hours pass by seamlessly only for you to fail a test or checking your Facebook notifications at work and missing deadlines is unnecessary. It’s an addiction but one that can be overcome.

It Becomes Your Personal Punch Bag

Taking your frustrations out on social media isn’t totally healthy but it can happen. The sense of anonymity can also act as an opportunity for people to have lapses in self-control and say things that they wouldn’t ordinarily in everyday life. However, there has been many a case where people have said or posted content that has served to permanently damage their reputations when it reached either their current or future employer so bottom line, if you wouldn’t shout it in the street, best not to post online!

it-becomes-your-personal-punch-bag

Likewise, spending time arguing with others who verbally attack you or threaten you online is a cause of heightened and unnecessary stress in itself. Many people who spend a lot of time on social media have been said to suffer from increased mood swings, anxiety or agitation. Dealing with abuse from someone you know or someone you don’t, doesn’t help to achieve a healthy mindset. Sometimes being the bigger person and removing yourself from these situations is the thing that you will thank yourself for in the long run.

Sleep Isn’t Happening

According to the World Health Organisations studies, social media and tech gadgets are damaging the health of young people across the globe and it’s easy to see how. Having your phone beside your bed is a habit that many people are guilty of. Checking it before you go to sleep and upon waking up is also something that is second nature to many people. Yet it is also more likely to make you press the snooze button in the morning and start the day with a lapse in concentration early on.

sleep-isnt-happening

Equally when that blue flashing light beckons, it can be irresistible not to reply and often leads to staying up late communicating with a friend who is also likely wasting their sleep time, or barging in on yours. According to Heather Cleland Woods of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the solution to the problem is a ‘digital sunset’, i.e. switching off the devices before bed as the content of social media isn’t always negative but how and when we are on it can be.

What Are The Solutions?

There is no universal black and white plan to suit all social media users out there and tailoring it to your needs is crucial. However as a general guideline, according to SocialMediaToday, the average person will spend nearly 2 hours (116 minutes) on social media daily. That calculates as approximately 60 hours per month and 730 hours in one year!

If you are going above this limit of daily usage, you need to cut back. Even if only one hour is spent on social media every day, that will make for 30 hours per month and 365 hours a year on social media, a staggering cut back that is worth the risk. The important thing to remember is you need to fit your time online around you to maintain a healthy you.

Alannah Kenny
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How Much Time is Too Much Time on Social Media?
June 19, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

how-much-time-is-too-much-time-on-social-media

On average, humans are said to spend a total of 5 years and 4 months of their lives on social media. To put that into perspective, we could fly to the moon and back 32 times, or watch the entire Simpsons series 215 times in the amount of time that we will spend on social media… a depressing thought really. Who is using it and why can vary, but demographics show a definite leaning towards young adults and businessmen of the western world as the most avid users.

Yet while it hosts an ocean of perks to explore, social media is also insidiously dominating our lives. Think you need to analyse your social media time? Check out these common warning signs of excessive usage.

Impacting Your Relationships

The majority of Irish people that use social media are millennials under the age of 34 with predominantly 25-34 year olds in Ireland using Facebook as a means of communication according to Emarkable. However, there is a downside to relying on technology to do your socialising for you.

impact-on-your-relationships

The quality of friendships and relationships can be compromised by the social media environment. The addictive nature of seeking likes and positive responses can lead to a nasty popularity competition among friends, or it can bring out a generally unpleasant side to people. Likewise with romantic relationships, what you post behind your partner’s back and who you talk to online can put a strain on your romantic life.

Also, if social media and a preference of befriending strangers online lead you to abandon time with the important people in your life, then your priorities are misconstrued. In this instance, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate time spent and what it is actually costing you.

Defining The Online You

Ireland is one of the countries just behind the USA and the UK when it comes to general internet usage. Our 15-24 year olds account for the highest age demographic of Irish social media users, making up 53% of the audience. One thing that is prominent among this demographic on social media is the need to create a certain “persona”, but maintaining it can start to affect you in a number of ways.

defining-the-online-you

Some people use social media sites as a personal diary and just do not know where to draw the line. Therefore when fellow users judge the online you, it may impact your self-esteem and confidence negatively. People try hard to reach for likes, create the perfect status and build a whole online life based on that. Yet, if dislikes and nasty commentary start to rear their ugly head, people can and will take it personally which can make them self-conscious in reality. If you feel you are getting too wrapped up in your online self, remember you are not tied to it or obliged to feed into it and you should cut ties if necessary.

Letting Important Tasks Slide

Many professions these days take advantage of social media as a means of communication and 67% of Irish businesses have jumped on the bandwagon. Entrepreneurship, marketing, IT and journalism are just some examples of sectors where workers are required to use forms of social media constantly in their line of work.

letting-important-tasks-slide

While this is a positive way of using social media time wisely and with benefit, the opposite can be very self-destructive. One of the biggest negatives of social media that any employer, teacher etc. can tell you about: is it’s a huge distraction. How many times has there been an important task to complete which was put on the long finger in order to check notifications, get drawn into new content or wait eagerly for a response to a comment you made? The impulse is undeniable and has happened to almost everyone.

Yet, if it becomes a regular occurrence to the point where you are facing real life consequences because of it, then you need to rectify this immediately. Letting hours pass by seamlessly only for you to fail a test or checking your Facebook notifications at work and missing deadlines is unnecessary. It’s an addiction but one that can be overcome.

It Becomes Your Personal Punch Bag

Taking your frustrations out on social media isn’t totally healthy but it can happen. The sense of anonymity can also act as an opportunity for people to have lapses in self-control and say things that they wouldn’t ordinarily in everyday life. However, there has been many a case where people have said or posted content that has served to permanently damage their reputations when it reached either their current or future employer so bottom line, if you wouldn’t shout it in the street, best not to post online!

it-becomes-your-personal-punch-bag

Likewise, spending time arguing with others who verbally attack you or threaten you online is a cause of heightened and unnecessary stress in itself. Many people who spend a lot of time on social media have been said to suffer from increased mood swings, anxiety or agitation. Dealing with abuse from someone you know or someone you don’t, doesn’t help to achieve a healthy mindset. Sometimes being the bigger person and removing yourself from these situations is the thing that you will thank yourself for in the long run.

Sleep Isn’t Happening

According to the World Health Organisations studies, social media and tech gadgets are damaging the health of young people across the globe and it’s easy to see how. Having your phone beside your bed is a habit that many people are guilty of. Checking it before you go to sleep and upon waking up is also something that is second nature to many people. Yet it is also more likely to make you press the snooze button in the morning and start the day with a lapse in concentration early on.

sleep-isnt-happening

Equally when that blue flashing light beckons, it can be irresistible not to reply and often leads to staying up late communicating with a friend who is also likely wasting their sleep time, or barging in on yours. According to Heather Cleland Woods of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the solution to the problem is a ‘digital sunset’, i.e. switching off the devices before bed as the content of social media isn’t always negative but how and when we are on it can be.

What Are The Solutions?

There is no universal black and white plan to suit all social media users out there and tailoring it to your needs is crucial. However as a general guideline, according to SocialMediaToday, the average person will spend nearly 2 hours (116 minutes) on social media daily. That calculates as approximately 60 hours per month and 730 hours in one year!

If you are going above this limit of daily usage, you need to cut back. Even if only one hour is spent on social media every day, that will make for 30 hours per month and 365 hours a year on social media, a staggering cut back that is worth the risk. The important thing to remember is you need to fit your time online around you to maintain a healthy you.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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