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It is no secret that most of America’s population regularly uses at least one platform of social media. However, the exponential growth in the amount of time spent on social media has reached a distasteful amount.

As of this year, at least 81% of United States citizens have a social networking profile. According to a report by Common Sense Media, teenagers spend relatively nine hours a day dividing their time between various social media outlets. The average amount of sleep adolescents get each night is eight hours. This, combined with the nine hours a day teens spend on social media, leaves only seven hours that are dedicated to alternative activities.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average adult will spend an overwhelming five years and four months on social media. This corresponds to one year and two months spent on Snapchat, eight months on Instagram, eighteen days on Twitter, one year and ten months on Youtube, and one year and seven months on Facebook.

There are better ways to spend one’s life than worrying about the amount of  “likes” on a post.

Due to the rise in social media usage, the need to physically interact with one another has continually decreased. People are more likely to communicate with a friend through social media and texting rather than actually speaking to them. Compared to the five years spent on social media, only one year and three months is spent socializing in person. It is universally agreed on that social media increases communication with family and friends around the world, however we live in a world where double-tapping someone’s picture has become the new way to say hello.

Teenagers and adults alike are mutually guilty of having an obsession with social media. Instagram followers and retweets have become more important to people than creating actual relationships. It is a guarantee that people only speak to a small portion of the hundreds of followers they have. Social media likes and followers have become a disheartening status symbol in today’s society.

It is unfortunate that the majority of people’s lives are spent staring at the screen of their cell phone. If one thing is true, it is that in a matter of years social media posts, likes, and follows will have zero significance in one’s life. It is unnecessary to constantly post every moment of the day online. Whether it be to show off or share an event with friends, the obsessive behavior that goes along with social media usage is outrageous and needs to come to an end.

It is time that people stop being “online friends” and begin physically interacting with one another.

 

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