22nd Jan 2021
Social Media. Love it or hate it, it’s in our lives for the foreseeable future. The increase in social media and online use that happened in 2020 was unprecedented. The world moved inside and with that came a dramatic shift in how we communicate with one another.
Of course, there are so many positives to be found in social media. There are many benefits that it brings to our lives. However, there are, of course, downsides too. In a world where so much of our contact is online, when does the bad begin to outweigh the good? When do we feel over exposed and ‘saturated’ by the online world?
Take WhatsApp as a case in point. Group chats are becoming the norm and people are now able to see whether you have read their messages and whether you are currently online. It therefore becomes difficult to switch off and put your phone down. Creating a pressure and an anxiety upon the user that didn’t exist before.
Those who have seen the ‘The Social Dilemma’ will be familiar with the image of the men in the control room making sure you stay online. WhatsApp illustrates this perfectly. How can we switch off from digital devices without worrying we look rude to those communicating with us? How do we balance our need for time out from digital devices with the increased need to use them for interaction and contact?
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Above all, what remains key in our use of our digital devices and time spent on social media is that we remain in control. If we give control to the digital devices and the ‘men in the control room’ that’s when that feeling of over exposure, of saturation, starts to creep in. Take from social media only what you need to improve your life and add positivity to it. Leave the rest where it belongs …. online.
Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Media Officer
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