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Is Social Media Frying Your Brain?

posted Jan 29, 2016, 9:36 AM by Melissa Chaffin

    These days, it seems like every teenager has a cell phone. Outside of school hours, teens use their phones for many things, including social media and searching the Internet. While many adults may see teens as glued to their screens, there are many benefits to using technology.

    The best reason to create social media accounts is to keep up to date with your friends and family. People can even find old friends that they haven’t seen or talked to in years, and possibly even get together and catch up. Another way smartphones are helpful is when traveling. Becoming a traveler can be very stressful. The Internet can be a helpful tool for finding flight information, local lodging, or even translating the local language.

Technology is great, but it does have harmful psychological and physical effects. The use of social media causes people to meet face-to-face less frequently, resulting in a lack of much-needed social skills. Depression can also be a side effect of the lack of human contact. On the other end of the spectrum, being able to keep in touch constantly can become overpowering. Physically, increased eating and decreased exercise also tend to happen. Staring at a screen for hours can definitely do some damage to your eyes and cause Computer Vision Syndrome, which is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, according to WebMD. It’s also very expensive to keep up with all the new technology. Usually devices come out with new updates, which can cost a pretty penny.

    Technology can either be a blessing or a curse knowing how much you actually use it. In my opinion, technology is a wonderful thing. It does make life much easier, but having too much of it causes harm. Taking breaks from looking at a screen can help greatly. People should remember to pace themselves in their online time to keep their social skills intact.
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