Heavy use of social media leads to Self-absorption, Overeating?


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Initially people go gaga with Friendster’s testimonial, then on Multiply’s digital storage versatility and MySpace’s fun entertainment. To date, the number of new social media sites keep on increasing in Cyberworld and each of them offers twists and features like Twitter, Instagram,  Pinterest, LinkenId, and Facebook do. The problem now is not concentrated on which one is better, but the way netizens use their accounts. It’s as if it comes to the point that people’s virtual presence overtakes their offline realities.

Known as social media star in Australia, Essena O’ Neil is possibly one of the most coveted online personalities. The 18-year old stunner has 200, 000 subscribers on Youtube, 60, 000 followers on Snapchat and more than 500, 000 followers on Instagram. Despite of these huge following she declared that ‘Social Media Is Not Real Life.’

“Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real,” O’ Neill‘ message on her last Instagram post. “It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgment. I was consumed by it.”

According to, the Queenland-based teenage used to get around NZ$2120 a month from her social media sites.   To establish her celebrity-like online presence, she was so prolific in interacting and producing posts that she became accustomed to 50 hours per week online work. However, these days the Australian is advocating social media sites- free lifestyle via Let’s Be Game Changers.

Credit: Anna Demianenko/Unsplash

Credit: Anna Demianenko/Unsplash

Apart self-absorption that may lead to fabrication of image, Reader’s Digest reported that too much use of social media may also cause impulsive buying, trigger overeating, peer pressure, lower self-esteem, and kill personal communication.

“Food was never meant to be experienced from just a visual perspective,” an anthropologist at the Hartman Group Amy Sousa, Ph.D., said in an

interview with Women’s Health Magazine. “When we see food, we need to fill in the blanks of what it will taste like. Merely looking makes for an unsatisfying experience.”

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