Nec­es­sary mea­sures

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - EDITORIAL - SARAH TARYAM

At this point in time, we have never been more con­nected on a global scale than we are now. This week we are talk­ing about so­cial me­dia and how our in­creas­ing reliance on it is cre­at­ing men­tal health prob­lems which many of us may not even be aware of. Nowa­days it is the norm to have not only one so­cial me­dia ac­count but sev­eral. This reliance on stay­ing con­nected on­line is af­fect­ing us in a va­ri­ety of ways which need to be ad­dressed. Why do we feel the need to con­stantly check our phones? Are we afraid to miss out on any­thing that’s hap­pen­ing with­out us?

A study con­ducted in Copen­hagen con­cluded that “Face­book envy” is in fact a real thing. Ap­par­ently com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers on so­cial me­dia by stalk­ing their ac­tions and where­abouts can wreak havoc on your in­se­cu­ri­ties. We tend to com­pare our real lives to the lives peo­ple are por­tray­ing on­line of­ten for­get­ting that what they are por­tray­ing is heav­ily edited and very se­lec­tive.

An­other sad as­pect of con­stantly need­ing to check our phones is the loss of hu­man con­nec­tion. It’s be­com­ing a nor­mal sight to walk into a restau­rant and see a group of peo­ple hav­ing din­ner to­gether while each per­son stares into their phone. We would rather know what’s hap­pen­ing on In­sta­gram than have a real life con­ver­sa­tion with the per­son sit­ting in front of us.

Aware­ness is key. When you are aware of these is­sues you can take the nec­es­sary steps to cor­rect and pre­vent them. Limit your screen time. Un­der­stand that peo­ple are not ex­actly how they por­tray them­selves to be on­line. En­joy spend­ing time and con­nect­ing with the peo­ple who are around you.

Let us know your thoughts on this is­sue and how you deal with liv­ing in a so­cial me­dia cul­ture.

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