Research has shown that receiving a notification on your phones triggers the same brain wave activity as if you were to engage in sex, drug, and or alcohol use. This poses a debating question, are we as a generation addicted to our phones, but more specifically are we addicted to the social media outlets we use on phones and other devices? Think about it, how many hours a day do you spend on social media? Chances are you constantly are checking, posting, or participating on social media in some form. I think we as a society enjoy the potential ways social media platforms make us feel and as a result it becomes addictive.
For example, the amount of likes received on a post or tweet correlates to popularity recognition. The more like you get the better you feel about how you are perceived on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. However, on the other hand if you do not get enough likes it seems as if it reflects poorly on you as a person, so the feeling of getting a lot of likes on the things we post on social media becomes addictive. This concept also demonstrates why so many people participate in it, making it a cultural normality. As a society our generation can be described using factors and elements presented on social media platforms. It interesting to note that the number of likes to feel this sense of importance differs depending on the platform one is using. Personally, I think my age generation firmly uses Instagram in order to get an insane amount of likes, as result using the app becomes addictive and hard to remove one’s presence from. But I think for older generations the interactions and likes received on Facebook means more to them than if they were to utilize Instagram. All in all both social medias in exchange give the users an “enjoyment” feeling effecting our society to become reliant on these outlets in the similar manner as drugs or alcohol.
Social media being described in an addictive context makes it hard for us as a society to ever eliminate it from our daily lives. I think that its effect on society will only evolve because it has transformed into our reality. In a sense this means if your information is not posted on social media is doesn’t carry the same credibility as if you were to just tell your friends. But as social media users we let credibility evolve that way, because we are addicted to how the results of sharing content on these various platforms, using it as a coping mechanism.