Technology and social media are two aspects of modern life that are impacting our physical and mental health. People who constantly check their emails and social media experience elevated stress levels and higher levels of anxiety. Many people, particularly teenagers, spend more time interacting with others online than they do in face-to-face encounters. Social media users tend to feel less popular and less satisfied with their lives as they compare themselves to their online friends. However, for some individuals, social media and playing video games together can enhance real-life friendships.
- Technology has improved the lives of many people, with almost half of adults in the United States unable to imagine life without their smartphone.
- The American Psychological Association's Stress in America Survey 2017 shows that 99 percent of adults own an electronic device, around 86 percent own a computer, 74 percent own a smartphone
- Rates of technology and social media use are therefore swiftly climbing. Facebook and Instagram alone boast a combined monthly user base of 2 billion people.
"Modern day living is a multifaceted compendium of evolving technology and social media. Communication outlets are changing every part of our lives so rapidly that it can be tough to adjust."