July 31, 2017 – Experts say social media is distorting the reality of life
You might think it’s mindless fun scrolling through social media, but studies show your favorite sites can actually make you feel worse about life.
Instead of enjoying the summer sunshine, students at the Florida State University College of Medicine are inside with their eyes on the pages of books.
FSU med student Randy Ahluwalia said, “I study about 8-10 hours a day.” Med student Edward Corty said he studies 36 hours a week.
Distractions are everywhere, and some can’t be blocked out with headphones. Like trying to avoid checking social media.
“Social media makes FOMO (fear of missing out) pretty hard,” says Corty.
A study headed by Ethan Kross shows going on your favorite social media sites can actually make you feel worse about life.
“There are feelings of jealousy that emerge when you’re constantly on your feed scrolling through what’s going on in other’s lives,” said Kross.
But, studies report people aren’t posting the whole truth.
Kross says, “They’re portraying themselves in particular ways that glorify the positives. When you’re exposed to that kind of information, it can make you feel bad.”
Kross suggests being active on Facebook by connecting with others, rather than passively liking and scrolling.
According to students, the key to avoiding FOMO is willpower and the “do not disturb” button.
“I like to see what my friends are doing, but I can’t let it overtake what I’m doing in med school,” said Ahluwalia.
“We’re here for a reason, and the reason is to be doctors,” said Corty.
Ahluwalia said he gives up social media for his future patients. “I have to sacrifice now, so that every time I see them in the future, I’m giving them the best care I possibly could.”
No fear of missing out, knowing they’ll positively impact someone’s future.