Do Not Live Your Life Online

Here are some statistics posted about what happens online every 60 seconds:

  • 684,478 pieces of content are shared on Facebook
  • 2,000,000 search queries are made on Google
  • 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube
  • 47,000 apps are downloaded from the App Store
  • 3,600 photos are shared on Instagram
  • 571 new websites are created

… and, perhaps most impressively, $272,000 is spent by consumers on web shopping.

Those are some big numbers. In a poll that was conducted early in 2012, 24% of people said that they missed out on some big life moments because they were too fixated on getting them out to their social networking accounts. They missed an event during the event. That is something which was unheard of in recent years.

With the meteoric rise of social media sites, more and more people skip out on participating because they are far too busy tweeting or uploading photos, which somewhat defeats the purpose of these sites to begin with: interaction. Ask yourself what it is you do when you are online. Do you use the internet to look for employment? Shop? If you find that most of your activities are done by sitting behind a computer screen, then your life is being lived online. Granted, it is much more convenient than actually going outside and doing them the old-fashioned way but it is still rather unnatural.

Along the same note, do you use the computer to organize your contacts? If you find that everyone in your life can be found and contacted by looking through your computer’s hard drive, then you are living online. This may all sound very familiar and may be believed to be the accepted way of going about with your life but this may mean that your life has been taken over by your computer. With our technology taking leaps and bounds almost every day, the feeling of missing out may overpower us from wanting to go outside and actually doing things and keep us on our computers, tweeting and sharing photos.

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An article in The National states that:

“…there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the internet can damage your health. Apparently, 1.2 per cent of web addicts are addicted and this manifests itself chiefly in depression. What’s worse, internet addicts suffer much deeper depression than those of us who inhabit the real world.”

Not only is staying online bad for your mental wellbeing, it is just as detrimental to your mental health. Sadly, the internet and its ability to give us the power to reach out to anyone and everyone has made us more anti-social. A scholastic paper had this in its findings:

“Internet addiction plays a key role in developing Internet-related anti-social behavior. It takes an addiction of spending monstrous amounts of time alone on one’s computer to develop the psychological parameters of an Internet-related, anti-social behavior disorder. Anti-social behavior can be caused through isolation and other variables that can cause a person to exert the symptoms of an anti-social personality disorder. It is now known that the Internet can be a cause for anti-social behavior.”

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