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Social Media: Is it the Modern Day Addiction

Updated on April 14, 2020
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


Social Status

Life means more, doesn’t

it dear lord, than to seek

a peace through online


It’s quite funny what we

read online. What a

strange passion we have


I do wonder sometimes

how we all have the time

to sit and scroll through

other people’s lives.

Envious, mostly of what

others have, we feel

disappointed and always

a bit drab.

I realize lately it’s like a

drug, a search for a

happiness that will numb

Gathering friends and

follower's galore; it's

similar to the needle

that sticks out a junkies


The more we get the

less we feel; our

growth in the real

world just disappears.


Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg


We have instead turned

into characters on a

stage that goes through

a zillion different takes

a day.

Cut and action is how

it feels…oh no, did I screw

my last post up with

too much reveal?

Scramble, scramble to

find a way to make that

post go away.

Then, it’s try to create

a normal life, but to

function in the real

world feels like a

sordid plight.

I continue to struggle

to find my strength

to push that button

and deactivate.

If I can, I will surely

receive a much

needed break

back to humanity.

What's your social media drug of choice?

See results

© 2015 Missy Smith


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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I don't totally stay away from it, but I try to limit my time there everyday. There have been times; however, that I do deactivate my account for a few days or weeks to get a much-needed break. :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      5 years ago

      Spot on! Loved it, Missy! That's why I stay away from facebook; it lets me to concentrate in other things.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Ha ha...I'm giggling Sunshine625, because I don't like twitter for the reason you like twitter. I have never been able to write only a few sentences and stop. Well, at least on social media sites. If I'm blogging there, I'm trying to get some kind of point across usually, and that definitely takes more than a couple of sentences for me. However, I do wish I could just stop at a few sentences. It would make my life a little easier I suppose. It wouldn't get me in conflict sometimes and complicate things.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I'm trying to cut down on social media as well Faith. I think if it wasn't for sharing hubs, I would turn social media off from my life completely, at least for a long hiatus. Blessings to you too! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My social media drug of choice is Twitter. Short and sweet tweets that are perfect for my short attention span. I mostly follow news media outlets and a whole lotta country music artists. Facebook is awesome for messenger. I keep in touch with many friends and family members via messenger groups. Facebook feed, I am not a fan of. I am on Instagram because it is the only social media site my granddaughter is allowed to use. Well, she rarely uses it anymore, but I still do! :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Missy, your poem is spot on! That's exactly why I rarely, if ever, get on Facebook anymore. I'm had gotten so tired of just clicking like LOL and for what purpose? There is life to be lived, and lived to the full.

      The only addiction I have is here on HubPages LOL ...all other I just share hubs of others on other social media and not really active on anything else, as this is all I can handle. I have an hour commute into the city to work at my day job and so I arrive home late, and don't have much time for anything else.


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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks aviannovice. I think I'm doing better at limiting my time there each day. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A break is what it is sometimes all about. There's so much more to life than being so close to something inanimate. Well said.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I agree Michelle. And thanks for getting what I was trying to get across by writing this poem. Very much appreciated. Thank You!

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      Michelle Bentley 

      5 years ago from Niagara Falls, New York

      I agree. I used to be a Facebook junkie. I realized what a huge waste of time it is. Limiting my social media, yet using it to benefit my writing, works best for me. A few minutes per day per site. The rest of the time is spent writing and researching (a much more productive choice).

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I agree with that Gypsy Rose. If you use social media wisely and limit the time you are on there each day, I don't think it becomes a problem.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for stopping by my page Obscurama. I do believe you have to stay true to yourself. If you do not like social media, it definitely will not work well for you. It becomes really hard to balance for those of us who do use it. That's what I was trying to relay in this piece. A balance of social media incorporated into your daily life, if you don't find that balance, it just takes over like a drug.

      I really, really, commend you for doing what most of us are unable to, and that is staying free and clear from the pull of social media. You should indeed be happy with that. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Social media might be addictive but for me who in Riga has no friends except for hubby and cat it is delightful to share thoughts with online friends and get delightful comments on the things I post.

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      5 years ago

      I've just started on Hubpages, but on the FAQ's it recommends to sign up for social media to gain exposure. But here's the thing, I detest social media for many of the reason highlighted in your poem.

      I feel social media wouldn't enhance my personal life, if anything it would detract from it. I can certainly see the benefits of it, but it's not for me. I guess I just don't 'get it'. And I am happy with that.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      You're right Dana. It actually has found me a lot of great friends from around the world, but in the same way has taken away from being a normal human and enjoying the outside world and the people in front of me. I'm going to start making steps to better this, like; making more time with my children. This weekend I did that, and I made them also set down the computers and phones and spend time with me, and we enjoyed ourselves. A balance...if we can learn a balance, I think it would be a success in the way it should be.

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      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Social media has seem to taken over our lives. In many ways it seems as if social media has done the exact opposite in what it was intended for, which was to draw us close together. Can u imagine what this world would be like one hundred years from now?

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Frank! I'm so glad you continue to like what I write. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      a very good poem message is clear and I love the poetry format you used to get the message across bravo

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Of course, that is an excellent idea. :) Done!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Very good poem about an important present day issue , Missy. I will leave a link to this on my hub "Social or Anti-social Media, if you do the same for mine it would be much appreciated. We need to draw attention to the fact social media/Internet access is an addictive drug and sharing hubs on the issue will do that.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Swalia! I'm so glad you think so. I wanted to just put it out there simply and in a way others could relate, I am glad you did. :)

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      5 years ago

      Awesome! Aptly describes the addiction of social media!


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