Is Social Media the New Drug??? |

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24 March 2016
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Has social media become so addicting that it is the new drug destroying lives? The answer seems to be yes. I was listening to the radio last week and a listener had wrote in with a question/problem regarding his current relationship. The story went something like this……the guy has been in a relationship with his girlfriend for approximately 5 months. The guy reports that every time they go out to do anything dinner, movies, dancing etc…… that his girlfriend is always taking pictures and posting things on social media about their dates. He goes on to say this is not the worst part…..after posting she spends an enormous amount of time constantly checking her phone to see who has responded so she can respond in return.  The boyfriend reports that he has asked her on more than one occasion why can’t she just enjoy the moment? Take time to enjoy one another’s company? He reports that her answer is always the same, “I am so proud to be with you and love the amazing man that you are…….that I want my friends to be able to share in our love.” His response, “How am I supposed to argue with that?” Well, that is a tough one. One radio personality suggested having her post at the very beginning or the very end of the date and put the phone away for the rest of the date. It’s social media….what are you going to do?  I have heard several individuals say, that social media is destroying their family. Last week a friend read to me an argument taking place between two women on a social media site. They were going at it….”b” bombs after every other word. I was speechless. What a complete waste of time. You call her names….she calls you names and what exactly gets resolved? Oh now I remember….someone got called a “b” one time more than the other. Yes, I do use social media and I post things to share with family and friends…….But it is not a daily task for me…..I am not so involved that if I don’t post something the whole day is ruined. Ask yourself this question….is social media preventing me from enjoying life? If the answer is yes…….run do not walk to the nearest outlet and yank that sucker out. With everything moderation is the key. If at anytime something consumes so much of your time that you cannot enjoy life especially because you are to busy posting about what you should be enjoying… is your new drug!   Just say NO!!!

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Thenessa, an LPC-Intern, is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling program at Amberton University under the supervision of Megan R. Lee, LPC-S. Thenessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

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2 responses on “Is Social Media the New Drug???

  1. Veronica Swink, LMFT says:

    Ha! Loved it.. I have noticed when I’m out to eat with friends or something like that, the people at the table next to us will both be on their phone… no talking or no eye contact, nothing! I either assume they are texting someone or on social media. I work with a lot of teens.. and often times, they will get into verbal wars with someone else over some post and the war on social media will spill over into physical altercations. I completely agree.. if it’s consuming your life, run!! Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Annette Kerr says:

    Agreed! People can’t seem to function without the “connection” they feel from social media. I don’t believe that’s a true connection, it artificial.

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