It is an open secret now that excessive use of online social networking is deteriorating human physical and mental health. Researchers have reached the consensus that social networking sites are harming our physical and mental health. People addicted to these sites are unable to sleep on time; lack of sleep and irregular sleep routine results in further health issues.
Lack of sleep makes a person lethargic, depressed and vulnerable to mental health issues. Social addiction is much similar to drug addiction; both of these addictions affect your education, work, personal development, relationships, physical and mental health. Your brain gets tired due to the abundance of information it receives and doesn’t get enough time to process the information or multi-task between routine tasks and social networking.
Where do we stand?
Recent statistics of the fourth quarter of the year 2015 shows, 64% of people living in Singapore are active users of social networking sites. Common symptoms that you experience when lost touch to your smartphone are loneliness, anxiety, boredom. Unbelievably, they sound much as the same as drug addiction. What an irony that we have boycotted our social circle just to update our life on social networking sites. Other than the social cost we are bearing, there are a number of health problems associated with excessive use of social networking sites.
Singapore Polytechnic measured the well-being of youth on several indicators i.e. Health, social life, job opportunities and others by calculating the number of hours they spend online. The study revealed that youngsters ranked on higher levels of wellbeing spend fewer hours online. Social networking sites force you to stick your eyes to computer screen; more than 50% of computer users reported vision illness i.e. eyestrain, blurred vision, and even headaches. While others suffer from a general disconnect from real life.
Why is social rehab important?
Social networking sites have replaced our real life social circle in a little over a decade. Most of us share a common set of activities in the social gathering; we are more interested in taking dozens of pictures from our smartphones and we are continuously busy in tweeting and posting statuses about how much we are enjoying in a social gathering.
The story of our social networking does not end here; after that, we spend hours on editing pictures, we plan to upload them on Instagram and Facebook and ask everyone for our pictures through WhatsApp and share our big moments in that awesome party. Have you ever noticed that you have lost interaction with your friends just because you have a smartphone in your hand and your family finds out that you have attended the party because they have read your status update on Facebook? Social rehab takes you out from the depths of Social Media and back to real life.