There is a growing concern at the number of young people apparently unable to withdraw from the online world. A survey was conducted in Britain on young people aged 13 to 18. Of those, 29% said they spent more than eight hours a day online while 36% admitted they regularly fell asleep with their phone or laptop in bed. Two thirds (67%) said they went to their phone when they were bored & nearly 60% revealed they used their phone as a crutch in an uncomfortable social situation. Its not only about young people. Most of us (of all age groups) are addicted to the social media.
Social media in the present day scenario is what overconsumption of TV was in the nineties.
Excessive use of Facebook has been distracting many people from work & life. And they are going back into the real world in a worse mood. Its becoming a negative force in their lives. Anxiety, stress levels increase a lot for those who are addicted.
Social networking sites are a boon. Agreed. We get worldwide info sitting at any corner in the world (wherever network is available). We can contact friends, relatives anywhere in the world. But addiction to the virtual world & moving away from the real world is a problem.
This is where there is need of Digital Detox camps. In some countries there are already few camps to help those highly addicted to social media. Specially students. Some people don't go to camps but they undergo Digital Detox by themselves. Whenever they go to a place for a vacation they leave their phones & laptops at home. Or else they select places for vacation where there is no network available so that they can completely be away from the virtual world for some time. Nowadays playing games on mobile is more important for kids than playing together in the playground. We need to balance this somehow. Advancement in technology is good. But it shouldn't be misused.
"DIGITAL DETOX". Lets give it a shot & make social media bearable once again.