- Quality of Life & Wellness
Think Diseases Can't Be Transmitted Online? Think Again...
Does the sensation of loneliness creep up your spine as the hands of the clock near the closing of an events doors? Does waving goodbye to a disappearing silhouette drown your mind in a pool of depression which was not too long ago dry?
Whether a real issue or not, our social dependence has definitely increased
The sticky web of ties and relationships, calls and messages, and the ever-obsessive social media has entrenched our minds into a strong dependence of one another. Many must always be constantly checking and refreshing their social news feed in order to feel "caught up" with what's going on in others' lives, even if it has nothing to do with theirs.
If not social media, then what about celebrity and pop culture media? The rise in readership of celebrity gossip correlates with the larger production of pop culture magazines, such as: Vogue, People, OK!, Star, as well as an increase in, and longer air-time of gossip-centered networks and shows such as: E!, VH1, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, 19 Kids and Counting, has cultivated a mindset for a ravenous hunger to always feel attached to, or in touch with somebody else's life. .
From the moment people separate, there is often an urge to quickly resort to some other source of communication; checking a phone for calls or messages, or, as mentioned, social media or gossip online. All of this fosters a dependence of always leeching on to somebody, or else feeling incomplete; then again, it is human desire to be acknowledged and respected by another. The difference with this issue, though, is that there is a crave for a bond that's not even a reality. The desire to be "in the know" with the latest gossip and media actually harms self-esteem; the uncontrollable fan desire to be with an obsessive icon actually separates people from focusing on nurturing tangible relationships with friends, spouses, or family.
"In the first half of the decade, people reported spending an average of 26 hours per month with their families. By 2008, however, that shared time had dropped by more than 30%, to about 18 hours.
Meanwhile, in 2000, when the center began its annual surveys on Americans and the Internet, only 11% of respondents said that family members under 18 were spending too much time online. By 2008, that grew to 28%...almost tripling"
So, is the mainstream pop craze not only detrimental to ourselves, but also to the people around us as well?
People are naturally gregarious, but there must now be a caution to where that gregarious energy is channeled. Give more consideration to where or to whom your valuable attention is given; rather than obsessing over a fickle trend, spend time catching up on, or rebuilding waning relationships. The people on the big screen aren't going to be there for you when you really need to be consoled; actually, they won't even know you exist, but they will know how much money your attention is worth.
In order to rebuild a happier lifestyle, we must first acknowledge the hearth of our demise(s). If you find yourself to be spending too much time glossing over a lit pixel screen as opposed to an actual, caring human being, then try to make a goal to shift at least half and hour to an hour of your time from the media to nurturing a genuine conversation with someone; see how you feel afterward in comparison to waning countless hours on factitious interaction, maybe it could be the new ray to light up your dimmed room.
From 1992-2002, the percent of prevalence of major depression among U.S. adults increased from 3.33% to 7.06%, almost 4%, now, 1 in 10 people in the United States suffer from depression, all in correlation with the rise of the internet and mass media.
Not only is this affecting the majority of the older population, but much of the younger generations as well.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that a survey of students in grades 9-12 at schools in the United States revealed “16 percent of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13 percent reported creating a plan, and 8 percent reported trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey.”
In America today, high school and college students are five to eight times as likely to suffer from depressive symptoms as were teenagers 50 or 60 years ago, according to Psychology Today."
So, has this social obsession become (or factored toward) some sort of disease, or is it just a detrimental routine?