There are pros and cons to everything in life and that includes our social networking habits. With all the advantages available using social media, it also has its negative sides. The cons of social networking include:
With so many persons on social media posting status, selfies, tweeting, and sharing YouTube videos, a person can become overloaded with possible unnecessary information. Newsfeeds most times become bloated with so much content a person may not be anyway interested in.
Social Peer Pressure and Cyber Bullying
The rate of depression and anxiety amongst persons who always want to fit in with others and especially on social media is on the rise. This mostly involves teens and young adults. There is always that pressure to do certain things or act a certain way.
Cyberbullying, on the other hand, is increasingly becoming normal thereby furthering the cases of serious stress and anxiety.
Increased Feelings of Social Isolation
With more and more persons always on social media, browsing on their phones and surfing, there tends to be an increase in antisocial human behavior. A person can easily just pull a friend’s social profile with a click of the mouse or a tap of a smartphone, and so it has become easy to substitute face-to-face interaction for online interaction.
Distraction and Procrastination
Browsing social media can feed Procrastination habits, and people sometimes turn to browse and sometimes just fiddling with their phones in order to avoid certain responsibilities or tasks. In getting so involved with their phones, they become easier and increasingly distracted. Some even do this driving or when having conversations with others.
Sedentary Lifestyle habits
A sedentary lifestyle involves always almost staying at one place or being in one position most of the time. Sedentary persons hardly go out or stretch out themselves. They would rather sit around the house, possibly watch the television, sleep, and eat. For those in the offices, they do more of sitting, carrying out their jobs. They are hard on the move always. Social networking can of course make one sit or stay on a spot for a very long time.
For social media addicts sleeping properly at night is already out of the question. While social networking offers lots of opportunities, one must apply some reasonable restraint. Staring into the artificial light from a computer or phone screen at night can affect a person’s ability to sleep well.
Sharing too much information, content, or details with the public can open up all sorts of problems that sometimes can’t be corrected. Privacy is a very big concern when it comes to social networking and the internet in general. A person can even become a target after sharing his geographical location.