Societies continue to evolve with the progress of technology every passing day. Today, the phenomena called technology / internet / social media dependency are increasingly taking place in all the countries of the world. In the information society, users are included in the system as people who generate information, produce and emit information only when they are out of the consuming position. Social media platforms are also where most of their users spend their time because they are a field of freedom in which they share information, knowledge, attitudes, feelings, and thoughts they have, whether they are personal or professional.
In an average human day 2 hours social media, which is equivalent to 5 years and 4 months of life. The same person could spend the time by doing 10 thousand marathons or going to the moon 32 times. Especially young people every day 9 hours social media. Although social media is an unprecedented tool to connect with the world, overuse is affecting users in every way. Well; where are we going when we spend in social media? Let's take a look at the links between Internet users and social media platforms, statistics compiled from a lot of research to better understand the evolving relationship.
(You can click on the dark figures to get to the research where the statics are located.)
1. Active Social Media Users in the World 3.1 Billion People
As of 2018, 42% of the world's population 3.19 billion people connected to at least one social network. The number of global social media users increased by 13% (362 million people) a year. 2.9 billion of social media users around the world are connected to mobilden.
210 Million People in the World, Internet and Social Media Dependent
As technology continues to evolve and offer more opportunities, the internet and social media dependencies continue to increase. In the world 210 million people internet and social media addiction, while 60 percent of internet users are actively using social media in our country, this figure is 48 million people.
3. Young people who spend 5 hours a day on the phone are more depressive
According to a study conducted in the United States in 2018, young people who spend 5 hours a day on the phone compared to young people who spend an hour a day in the mobile 2 times more depression they show the indications. Given the relationship between mobile use and depression, women compared to men %58 more signs of depression.
4. Young and Single Women Become More Connected to Social Media
Between the ages of 16 and 88 According to the survey with 23,500 people especially young and single women are more inclined to exhibit social media behavior that is dependent. According to the research, it was observed that behaviors reflecting social media dependence were related to lack of narcissistic personality and self-confidence.
5. 71% of people are sleeping with their phones
Social media addiction affects not only our behaviors during the day but also our sleeping habits. According to a survey conducted in America, 71% sleeping with or near mobile devices, and they do not get enough sleep to take care of their phones. Compared to 1991, as of 2015, especially young people 55% they have deprived themselves of healthy sleep. Whether you are constantly looking at the screen or, especially in a dark environment, exposure to the screen light is a negative effect of a healthy sleep pattern. 42% of those who use more phones than average use less than average 35% more sleep problems were experienced compared to cutting.
6. 10% of young people check 10 times more calls per night
45 percent of people prefer to look at social media accounts when they are sleeping. Especially when young people's sleeping habits are examined 10% they check that they check their phones at least 10 times every night and check whether they are coming or not.
7. 50% of Vehicle Supporters Checking Social Media Accounts When Using a Smart Phone
Telecommunication company AT & T It Can Wait , 90% of the drivers agree that they are interested in using their smartphones while driving. 50% of respondents say they are checking their social media accounts for reasons to look at their phones while driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, 9 people die and more than 1000 people are injured. The most disorganized segment is young people.
8.40 Billion People Worldwide Launches Every Day on Facebook
Monthly active Facebook users worldwide 2.13 billion people. This is 1.15 billion mobile users daily. An average of 1.40 billion people regularly check Facebook accounts every day. 5 new Facebook accounts open every second. 50% of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are looking at Facebook as the first job to wake up. Number of Facebook users in Turkey as of January 2018 51 million people. According to the "Youth and Social Media Research Report" published by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the proportion of young people who use social media more than 6 hours a day is 13%. The rate of people who think they are addicted to social media is 57%. 45% of the young people want to have uninterrupted social media access throughout the day.
When technology is used correctly, it is a wisdom door that opens to the world and even to other galaxies. Social media and whatever the reason we use the internet, we need to remove the head from the screens and look at the sky, the stars, or the eyes of our loved ones, and collect meaningful and enjoyable memories with people in our lives. For many years, according to the experience of happiness, people remember the most beautiful moments they have experienced with their loved ones at the moment of death. That's precisely why we have to put Nokia's famous "Connecting People" slogan beyond our screens by touching each other, sharing our thoughts and feelings and connecting each other. We will happily say that there are fewer screens, more chats ... 🙂
- Dilek Erdensoy, after his language education in America, after his license on philosophy; design, digital media and marketing. The writer who continues to write on various sites; science, technology and philosophy, closely following the media and advertising industry.