Today, computer technology is aggressively interfering with human life, as a result of which some users have become addicted to social networks. More and more people use the Internet every day, spending several hours on it. People of all ages use the Internet – from children to old people.
A person likes the process of communication, and thanks to this natural urge, social networks are gaining immense popularity. They allow people to communicate with each other, albeit virtually. Different people sign up on social media for different purposes. Someone wants to communicate with friends and always be aware of everything that happens in their life. Someone wants to express their individuality in this way.
At the beginning of the development of the Internet, only professional social networks were created, and then people began to unite in groups of hobbies and hobbies. The first social network was called Classmates.ru (Odnoklassniki). I must say, it still exists and unites more than fifty million users.
Virtual Communication – Convenience or Problem?
In virtual communication, both dating sites and social networks are used. A list of Russian social networks can be viewed here if you need it.
Social media is difficult to assess as an unequivocally positive or unequivocally negative phenomenon. We can say that social networks have both positive and negative sides. If desired, a person can make sure that the social network has only a positive impact on his life. After all, a social network can greatly simplify life. But on the other hand, there is a danger that a person will become so addicted to virtual communication that it will completely replace the real one.
People find it difficult to organize their time spent on social networks, and such an unpleasant phenomenon as addiction to social networks arises. A person can no longer live a single day without looking at his page on a social network, not reading news, not updating his status or avatar. At the same time, real communication gradually fades into the background, and people are less and less likely to meet with their friends in person. Some even develop an uncontrollable desire to constantly be online, to “live” in a social network. They don’t even realize that they have become completely addicted.
Addiction to social networks can even be compared to alcohol or drug addiction, only this dependence is psychological, not chemical.
Why do people become addicted?
The main reason for dependence on social networks is the desire of people to realize themselves, to show themselves in an ideal light. It is easier to communicate on social networks, it is easier to create your own ideal image. Social networks help a person to stand out from the crowd, to feel like an important and interesting person. Psychologists have identified such a phenomenon as “loneliness in a crowd” – people regularly communicate with each other, but still feel their loneliness acutely. Social media helps to cope with this feeling.
If a person’s life is boring and monotonous, he tends to increase his self-esteem through social media. A person can begin to come up with information about himself and put it on his page, forcing others to believe in their new personality. Some addicts even have to break off real contacts with people in order not to destroy the created ideal image.
In Europe, special centers are already emerging where people are helped to fight addiction to social networks. It is possible that such centers will open in our country in the future.