Social Networking: An Addiction Like No Other

Social Networking plays a HUGE role in the lives of most people today. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, are all places that connect the people of the internet like never before. Hours and hours are spent daily by the masses updating their status’, tweeting about what they are doing, or uploading videos about anything and everything on the internet. Facebook now has 750 million users, that equates to one in every nine people in the world! Collectively 700 billion minutes, or 1.33 million years, are being spent on Facebook monthly.

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To me, that’s a ridiculous amount of time spent online. Social networking is more than just the future of the internet; people rely on it far too much. I feel like social networking is more of an addiction than it is an innocent way to connect to others. “Tweaked” out tweeting, “#hashtag” hashish, and “yellow powder” (methamphetamine) YouTube videos control our lives whether we realize it or not.

Feening Facebook

Now, the top social media site in the world, Facebook, is used by nearly everyone in North America. Everyday millions of status’ and comments are posted letting the world know what is going on in their lives. Facebook is an addiction, when you’re not at home to log onto Facebook, you’re on your phone checking the latest updates posted by your friends. The following is a video of a news report showing that Facebook addiction is real, and can actually ruin lives.

Facebook addiction has become such a hot topic that quizzes have been developed to determine whether or not you are actually addicted to Facebook. It’s crazy to think that Facebook and Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol, which are both addictive on a molecular level due to the additives included within them, while Facebook is merely a website.

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Tweaked Twitter

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media sites, with its simple setup, and easy to use messaging system, it’s extremely appealing to the general public. With hashtags being used to show what’s trending, and the option to follow your friends, twitter seems perfect… right? With 140 million users, and 340 million tweets per day, that is roughly 124 billion tweets a year, making Twitter the 2nd most frequented social media site. Why do we feel the need to update the world on what’s going on in our lives? When did it become one of life’s necessities to let the world know that you’re eating mac and cheese? That is just it, you don’t.

You’re Addicted to YouTube

YouTube is the #1 site when it comes to uploading and viewing videos online. With millions of users uploading videos daily, the amount of entertainment YouTube can bring is endless. Is this why people are so addicted to it? With hard-core YouTubers like RayWilliamJohnson, sxephil, and nigahiga, YouTube’s content can be better than what we watch on TV. Out of all the social media sites, YouTube is the one i frequent the most. Every day I go back to get my daily news from channels like sxephil and sourcefed, or for comedic entertainment, I watch RayWilliamJohnson.

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Elliott Morgan and Joe Bereta of Sourcefed

I know of people who watch YouTube for hours on end daily, ignoring the need for food and sleep. “What time is it? Oh its 1am? I’ll just watch one more video.” The amount of times I’ve done this to myself is ridiculous, and I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat.

The addiction that social media sites can bring to people is scary. Social media is still young, how much worse can this addiction get?

I’d like to think the only way to go is up, but sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are showing no signs of slowing down. I fear that one day there will be group meetings for addictions like Facebook.

I will admit that I am a Facebook user, but who isn’t? I do update my status from time to time, or log in to see what others are up to, but I am not one to spend countless hours on these sites. Everyone has some sort of addiction, something they just can’t live without. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to Facebook, but videogames, that’s another story!

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