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The Journal Rewired

Suffering through the screen

Suffering through the screen

Social can cause more harm than good

Toxic, addictive and harmful are just a few words people use to describe social media. Whether these words have been said by a teacher, parent or a world renowned scientist, at the moment, these words are perceived as vexing. 

But as annoying as these words are, they hold a level of truth to them. I myself, like many others, have been immersed in the never ending reels on Instagram, or consumed by the number of followers my account has. 

What has this time I have spent on social media gotten me? Sure, it’s helped me connect with new people, ideas, music, etc., but I have also gained body image issues, anxiety and an unhealthy addiction to this app.

 

So that leaves the question: Is this app worth taking up space on your phone?

The simple answer is no, it is not worth it. Now, this isn’t necessarily always true for everyone. For some, social media

is a creative outlet where they can use their skills to build something they can be proud of. On the other hand, for some , it’s a place where disheartening thoughts can seep into your mind leaving a damaging feeling. 

If this is you, then deleting the app would be a good idea. Instead of spending time on an app that is causing more harm than good, find something you like to do. 

The first time I deleted Instagram, I used my new freetime to read a book, and go outside for a walk. These activities left nothing but peace in my mind.

So find an activity that you can enjoy. Even if you are not wanting to completely get rid of Instagram or any apps like it, you can set screen times for each app so you are not spending too much time on them.  

This way you are enjoying the app without getting consumed in the toxicity of it. 

Social media can be helpful, but it also has many harmful effects. If you don’t want to become a victim of these harmful effects, then there are many things you can do to prevent it, so you can live in a peaceful state of mind. 

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About the Contributor
Simran Baidwan, Culture Reporter
Hi! My name is Simran Baidwan, and I am a sophomore this year at SHS. This is my first year on The Journal, and I am a writer for Culture. I took the full-year Journalism course my freshman year, and I decided that joining The Journal would be a great fit for me. Some things to know about me are that I am Punjabi. Quick side note: My parents were born in a northern state in India called Punjab, so I am Punjabi, and the religion I practice is Sikhism. Other things about me are that I love to travel. So far, I have traveled to Canada, India, and England. I have also been to various places in the U.S. Over the last year, I have developed a love for reading. My favorite genres include fiction and true crime. If I’m not reading, then you can probably find me watching TV. One of my all-time favorite shows is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”  I also love music. It is part of my everyday life from playing the violin, learning to play the piano or just listening to music. I’m so excited to be on staff, and I can’t wait to see what The Journal brings this year!

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