Social media and the use of the Internet have become ingrained into our daily lives as they have grown in popularity at an increasing rate. Naturally, as a result, the amount of registered social media account holders has increased exponentially. The power of social media on the smartphone has provided users with the ease of staying connected to loved ones as well as expanding connections with the rest of the world. Social media websites and applications such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have allowed billions of people to casually and professionally express themselves to the public. Currently, social media has been regarded by many as a vital part in the management of many corporations and small businesses. These businesses rely on social media in order to reach audiences in today’s age of technology. However, the increased reliance on the modern smartphone has led to an idleness in people’s lives. Which is, in turn, impacting family, friends, and the workplace negatively. The growth of this new media has also developed a worry in employers about its impact on their employees’ productivity. According to a survey conducted by TeamLease, an average of 2.35 hours was spent on social media websites and resulted in a loss of 13% of the total productivity of the employees. As a result, companies have restricted use of social media sites and have even begun implementing a no-phone policy in order to deter distractions in the workplace. We would like to argue that social media can negatively impact daily life if not used in moderation. Misuse of social media may negatively impact productivity in the workplace, hinder familial relationships, and weaken social skills.
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