Oren Frank, the founder and CEO of Talkspace, recently examined how social media is replacing cigarettes as the newest addition, and we are letting it happen. Before we even reach for our toothbrush in the morning, we reach for our phone. Our morning routine begins with checking notifications, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media outlets, and then we think about getting out of bed to brush our teeth.
We reach for our phones every time we have a down moment and follow the same routine. This continues throughout the day until we finally go to sleep. After we have checked our phones over 100 times a day, we still want more. Of the five hours or so that we spend on our phones, we spend most of our time hanging out on social media apps. The sad thing is we really are not too surprised by that. Check out askmen.com to read more about Talkspace
However, according to Frank, this usage is causing all sorts of problems from anxiety to depression and more. We are hooked and we can not wait until we get our next fix, even though it is slowly destroying us. Social media is responsible for our behavior of blurring the lines between our true self and the self that we project to our social media friends and followers. The problem is, according to Oren Frank, is that we are replacing
our primary relationship with superficial ones. Though social media may not completely understand the impact they are having on our mental health, they do know how to keep us coming back whenever we have a free moment. Even their ads, which is how they get their revenue, have us buying stuff that we do not need. Anything to keep us coming back for more.