Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – A Distorted Lifestyle

Name: Kathryn Solheim

A Distorted Lifestyle

Distorted Lifestyle

has become quite prevalent in today’s society. With technology
evolving faster then humanity, it is taking a toll on society’s
abilities to utilize it in the most optimal approach. Individual’s
addiction to receiving information quickly is rooted in one’s
constant access to the Internet, the news, social media, etc. Social
media, specifically, has become alarmingly addictive and forces
individuals to constantly fixate on certain lifestyles portrayed
through a filtered lens. Human’s underlined mentality of
comparative existence increases people’s insecurities, driving them
to the use of drugs and alcohol in order to cope with these
insecurities. With the heightened ability to gain access to social
media and other informational platforms instantaneously, addictions
to certain substances are becoming more frequent then ever. 

media tends to display a cookie cutter pattern. Popular social media
influencers present a certain persona that is envied by the average
individual. Whether it is a specific body type, style, facial
structure or talent, social media encourages users to constantly be
altering themselves in order to suit the ‘desired’ appearance or
character. The continuous pressure to be ‘perfect’ or what social
media depicts as perfect, places strains on individuals and escalates
the risk of depression and anxiety. Increased depression rates can
cause people to be more susceptible to use drugs or alcohol as a
coping mechanism. This predisposition can serve as a distraction from
the stress of everyday life. Aside from social media, the news and
Internet often illustrate the most horrid, disturbing and saddening
stories and information. With immediate access to this information,
it is not surprising that our nation suffers from an addiction crisis
due to an increase in individuals who acquire a mental illness.

social media wasn’t so fixated on trying to sell individuals the
idea of the perfect life, people may be more content with their
current state and less worried about portraying a false image.
Advertisements consistently appear on major social media platforms to
include Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. Smart phones listen to
individuals and use target advertisements, such as exercising and
beauty tips or healthy eating that hit a person’s insecurities.
When these social media platforms originated, there were little to no
ads, which placed little pressure on individuals to adhere to a
specific lifestyle. If advertisements were eliminated on major social
media platforms, people may not be as easily persuaded to change
their way of life to fit a certain status quo. 

technology is unlikely to decelerate, that does not excuse society’s
utilization of it. The stress produced by social media is a man made
construct that leads to a larger problem. Addiction is not sprung on
but is rooted in the predisposition to partake in addictive
substances as a distraction. If society valued humanity’s well
being, rather than a distorted portrayal, individuals may deem as
less likely to fall to addiction.