By Karen Fernandez
A recent research has given us some damning social media statistics.
On a daily basis, the average time the great human population spends on YouTube is 40 minutes; on Facebook, 36 minutes; on SnapChat, 25 minutes; on Instagram, 15 minutes; and on Twitter, 1 minute. So if you do the math, you –as an average person– would be spending 5 years and 4 months of your lifetime on social media. That’s crazy considering that you would only spend 3 years and 5 months of your life eating and drinking, 1 year and 10 months of your life grooming, 1 year and 2 months socializing, and only 6 months doing laundry.
It’s safe to say that social media has indeed taken over a huge chunk of our lives. Seriously. That 5 years and 4 months on your phone, you could’ve used to run 10,000 marathons, or walked your dog 98,000 times!
But aside from the way social media impacts your time, another thing worth looking into is how it affects your health.
- While it allows you to connect with people digitally, addiction to social media can lead to actual social isolation. A withdrawal from real-life interactions can be unhealthy.
- If you spend your time arguing with people online, it can cause a great deal of stress. Especially with cyber bullying being a prevalent online issue.
- You can find a large amount of information online. But if you take random advice without doing proper research –especially on health-related issues—it can be quite harmful.
- Spending too much time online can get you eyestrain from staring at screens for too long.
- If you’re staying up too late for updates, this can lead to fatigue. It can zap your energy the day after.
- Abusing the use of social media forces you into a sedentary lifestyle. It cuts into time you might otherwise be spending outdoors or exercising.
- One of the most dangerous consequences of online addiction is distraction –from work, from life, from your children, from incoming traffic.
But this isn’t going away any time soon. So is there a way to stay healthy online?
- Like anything good, abusing its use can get potentially unhealthy. That’s why it would be wise to limit your online time so you can manage other activities within the day.
- Prioritize. It may be an important part of your life, but your work, your studies, or real life relationships are far more important.
- Stay away from stress. If going online causes you grief, take a break from it.
- Never take medical advice online without consulting with your doctor or doing a proper background check on the health issue.
If you must use social media, at least do it to create a healthier, more balanced lifestyle for yourself. Start today by following us on Facebook. Get proper health advice and tips everyday!