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Why it's okay to be addicted to social media

It's time that society stopped shaming us for spending too much time on our phones.

My New Year's resolution was to spend less time on my phone and I've already failed to cut down on screen time. By 11 am Instagram notifies me that I've already spent an hour scrolling, but I continue to scroll.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that spending excessive amounts on your phone is healthy or even sensible, but I don't see why it needs to be perceived as a waste of time.

I know I am addicted to my phone; scrolling, reading, posting, tweeting. But aren't we all?

Instead of shaming our society for our relationship with technology, we should appreciate it and allocate time to go on our phones without feeling guilty. Social media wasn't designed to distract you, it was built to educate and inspire its users.

Our society lives through smartphones and social media...but why is this deemed as such a negative thing?

I often have conversations with people about the amount of time I spend on my phone which frequently leaves me feeling guilty and ashamed because of how people see this as wasted time.

A statistic from The Co-op and the British Red Cross revealed that over nine million people in the UK across all ages reported that they feel lonely.

As controversial as it may seem, I truly think that social media and smartphones can be a great way to combat loneliness and to feel more connected with the world. Life is extremely busy the older you get, and although people argue that this generation only socialises through their phones, social media can lead to opportunities, such as a chance to collaborate with new and like-minded people.

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today i am thankful for social media. i’m thankful for the ability to see my families growth on a daily basis, when otherwise it would be nearly impossible without time, money and travel. i’m thankful that i can connect with likeminded people at the click of a button, make new friends and find the old ones. i’m thankful that social media gives me a platform to share myself with the world, in hopes that might just inspire or impact others. i am thankful for all the relationships that i have built through these outlets. i am thankful for the things i’ve learned through new friendships, and things i have taught others. sometimes the ever growing technological world can be a negative forum to spread misinformation and to share ill driven thoughts but it can also be a place of personal growth. #thankfulday1 #imthankful #socialmediapositive #onlinerelationships #onlinefriendship #socialmediapros

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The use of social media and most apps on smartphones can a way to absorb new opinions and ideas.

Instagram and Twitter consistently give me inspiration for things to write about, as well as the ability to speak to likeminded people which often leads to networking opportunities. From food to fashion to workouts and ideas—saving things on Instagram allows me to have a secure place for concepts so I can refer back to them. LinkedIn and The Dots are social media platforms that have been designed to make networking much easier.

Although there's lots of evidence that shows the negative effects social media, I believe that by a change of mindset, social media—which is an integral part of our world—can be viewed as positive. Social media is usually associated with feelings of jealousy, inadequacy and confusion, but instead of being envious of the people you see on social media, why not turn that jealousy into aspirations?

Featured image: ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash

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