Name: Oluwafeolami Awe-Joseph
We’re Killing our Minds…Literally
We’re Killing our Minds…Literally
Internet. One of the most dangerous weapons to which humanity has ever been given access. We are introduced to all different sorts of lifestyles in today’s society, and with the digital world now being more accessible to individuals and even children from a very early age, the likelihood of brains developing based on perceived beliefs we are exposed to is now higher.
Influencers and celebrities on social media provide us with a paradigm of being wealthy, successful, and attractive. Even in a lot of the music and external media we consume, a lot of the phrases and meanings are centered around the toxic culture promoted to us by social media influencers. Across the country, millions of people suffer from physical, behavioral, and chemical addictions, with gambling, substance abuse, and technological addictions being among the most well-known.
We are prone to stress, drowsiness, exhaustion, insecurities, and pent-up rage in this fast-paced society we live in. We exist in in a world where so many difficulties develop on a daily basis (political concerns, global warming, gun violence, and so on), and there is no clear road to resolution. As a result, with the desire to escape from the reality of the crisis we face every day in the world, we look for alternatives to forget all that is on our minds.
Through the covid-19 pandemic, we were all stranded at home, unsure of the world’s and even our own forecasts, disrupting our daily routines. Tiktok, a popular social media app that was formerly mostly used by teenagers for dancing, has grown in popularity to become one of the most popular sources of amusement for people. The app is so popular that a large percentage of individuals all over the world are familiar with it or use it on a regular basis. Despite the fact that it is difficult to generalize, tiktok has become an addiction of some sort.
Personally, I became addicted to my phone and social media during the early stages of the pandemic, which had a significant impact on my mental health negatively. I would binge into activities I got myself involved with, neglecting other aspects of myself. Regardless, I was able to break free from my technological addiction and become more useful in my life after making the decision to repurpose my self and have more intentional, purposeful goals to stay productive.
One of the main reasons I believe our nation struggles with addiction is because of peer pressure, which leads to obsessive behavior. There may be peer pressure in places like high-school, college and even adulthood to try drugs, drink alcohol, or do something you don’t agree wholeheartedly with. Because of the need to impress others, people try substances multiple times, which leads to addictions as a result of repeating the same dangerous practice over time. Getting out of that situation becomes extremely difficult leading to addictions.
Addictions can also develop as a result of a lack of understanding and ignorance about the causes and consequences of engaging in specific behaviors. “Curiosity kills the cat”, as the saying goes. Engaging in destructive behaviors can be difficult to break free from as well as costly to one’s life.
Physical and mental health issues are only a few of the primary issues that can occur as a result of various sorts of addictions. When one’s mind and body are depleted, they develop a variety of health problems and adversities that can have a significant impact on them now and in the future.
To address the looming addiction crisis, one effective strategy to prevent addictions and increase awareness is to use some of the issues themselves to address the problem of addiction. Influencers can effectively communicate to their fan base the value of prioritizing mental health and self-care by utilizing social media adequately too.
Insecurities and jealousy are also caused by social media’s unrealistic standards, which make people feel inferior to themselves and lead to detrimental behaviors that are hazardous to human health. Another strategy to prevent addictions is to create positive frameworks that promote healthy acts and behaviors.
To receive help, you must first recognize that you truly experience problems. Giving people supportive forums to speak out about their addictions and personal difficulties goes a great way toward reducing addictions because they feel secure and heard. Prioritizing mental wellbeing while talking about addictions is particularly crucial because many addictions start there. Finally, by implementing some of these steps, the number of people addicted to opioids and other forms of addictions in our nation can be reduced.