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International Journal of Social Science and Education Research

Vol. 6, Issue 2, Part A (2024)

Social media addiction as a correlates of anxiety and frustration

Author(s):

Dr. Abhinav Gaur

Abstract:

Social media has become an undeniable force in our lives, offering connection, entertainment, and a window into the lives of others. However, excessive use can morph into addiction, breeding a toxic cocktail of anxiety and frustration. This paper will explore the correlation between social media addiction and these negative emotions, delving into the psychological mechanisms at play. One key driver of anxiety is the carefully curated portrayal of perfection that dominates social media feeds. We are bombarded with images of unrealistic beauty standards, extravagant lifestyles, and seemingly effortless achievements. This constant barrage can trigger feelings of inadequacy and social comparison, fueling a fear of missing out (FOMO). The pressure to maintain a similarly flawless online persona further exacerbates anxiety, leading to a preoccupation with likes, comments, and follower counts. Social media addiction also fosters frustration through its manipulative design. Platforms employ algorithms that prioritize attention-grabbing content, often sensational or negative in nature. This constant exposure to negativity creates a sense of helplessness and frustration with the world. Additionally, the fleeting nature of online interactions can leave users feeling unsatisfied and longing for more meaningful connections.

Pages: 22-24  |  55 Views  21 Downloads


International Journal of Social Science and Education Research
How to cite this article:
Dr. Abhinav Gaur. Social media addiction as a correlates of anxiety and frustration. Int. J. Social Sci. Educ. Res. 2024;6(2):22-24. DOI: 10.33545/26649845.2024.v6.i2a.111
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