Social media has become the most common tool of communication, and in 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 2.77 billion social media users around the globe, up from 2.46 billion in 2017.
As much as it has a lot of positive impact to our lives, it's slowly becoming an addiction to most people and affecting their mental and emotional wellbeing. Despite helping in fast ways of communication, social media has contributed to a huge part of losing human touch and conversations have been reduced to avatars and selfies as one of the life coaches Paul Thandi states.
Parenting has been brought down to buying children tablets but we are forgetting the importance of child-to-parent relationships which contributes to factors like depression, phonography addictions and drug abuse to our younger generation.
A lot of pressure does come with social media because you find that people use it as a competition tool to see whose life is doing better than the other and that slowly contributes to factors like debt, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, cyber bulling among others. We have also heard of cases of domestic violence or even murder due to social media.
It should be noted that people need to invest in real relationships and learn not to base their whole life on social media, any addiction is not healthy for one’s mental health.
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