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Social Media addiction amongst students demographics at unversity
Journalism & Communication
Pages 12 (3012 words)
Social Media Addiction Amongst University Students Introduction The fast-paced life of people today keeps human relationships on a standstill most of the time. The many things that occupy one’s time – family, school, building a career at work, etc., have made rushing from one place to another and always lacking time for everything common features in most people’s lifestyles.
It also offers a myriad of opportunities for meeting more people, relaxing with online games, sharing pictures and videos and an outlet to express innermost thoughts and feelings to share with others. However, the satisfaction that one derives from social media can become addictive. The University of Chicago conducted a study in 2012 and found that social media can be more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol (RTE News, 2013). In London, addiction to social media networks has been turned into an official condition with clinics treating hundreds of social media addicts every year for gaming and internet addictions (RTE News, 2013). This social phenomena needs to be further studied as to its causes and effects on users of social media, especially with young people who are just beginning to build up their social networks in order to meet their social and emotional needs and live fuller lives. This paper intends to do just that, but will give emphasis to the gender and age of users who are more vulnerable to social media addiction. Statement of the Problem The topic for this research paper, social media addiction, has been selected due to its relevance to university students today. ...
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