Is Social Media the New Addiction?

Posted on November 29, 2011 by

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Most people today are on something whether it’s twitter, youtube, or facebook, finding some way to connect with others.  Rick Nauert points out that for college students social media has become like an addiction for most.

According to researchers, students describe their feelings when they have to abstain from using media in literally the same terms associated with drug and alcohol addictions: in withdrawal, frantically craving, very anxious, extremely antsy, miserable, jittery, and crazy.

While some do use social media as a way to keep in contact with friends and family that live away. Nauret argues that most are just to addicted to social media to even put it down without feeling a symptoms of withdrawal. Nauert brings up a study in which a college campus goes without any media for just 24 hours and was shock at the responses the student gave after the study was over. How some missed the connections with friends and family. Some about there mp3’s or TV, but most what most spoke about was the lack of texting and how it made them fell.

Although I don’t use social media as much as others do, I do get what Nauert is trying to get across and that is that most people are so connected to social media that when the plug is pulled from them most don’t know how to act. Even I will admit that sometimes I don’t know what if I can’t get on my computer or play on my xbox. It’s almost like people forget to read a book or just go outside. I’ve heard people in the halls of IUSB talk about how they can’t fucntion without their phones or computers as if those things disappear from them they can’t go on living. Get active isn’t that what the commercials for kids say, well we all better get active before someone pulls the plug on us and everyone starts going through symptoms of withdrawl from social media such asfrantically craving, very anxious, extremely antsy and lets no forget crazy . More on Nauert’s peice here.

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