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Social Media Addiction

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The word “addiction” is becoming more and more common. It is now used to describe a dependency on things like technology, or sex or now even social media. This is a subject in which I am torn. In one hand, when someone uses the internet to a point where it begins affecting their bodies, mind, and social life, I feel it should be considered an addiction because that’s what an addiction is. But on the other hand, it is hard for me to put that in the same category as being addicted to drugs, which is what is happening recently. This new one I’m reading about is college students being addicted to social media. This one just might be true. Maybe. Because with an addiction to drugs. “They report suffering the same withdrawal symptoms as drug and alcohol addicts, a U.S. study shows.” This line troubles me, and I can only assume that whoever wrote this has never been addicted to drugs, because I’m sure they would notice a difference. My point is that while these problems, such as overuse of social media, are unquestionably serious, I think we need to find a new word to describe them besides “addiction.” Something should be done to decrease the use of these media, but to equate a college students suffering when unable to tweet with an addicts suffering when unable to shoot up heroin is simply not right.

Written by satkins16

May 5, 2010 at 5:17 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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