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by Lia Hillman, Features Editor

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most people use these websites on a daily – even hourly – basis.

Social media has had an overwhelming presence in the world within the last ten years. Nearly two-thirds of American adults use social media, according to the 2015 Social Media Update report by the Pew Research Center.

People use social media for a number of reasons.

Braygan Lippencott, a junior sports medicine major, uses social media mostly for sports updates and staying updated with family and friends.

“Social media has the ability to supply people with tons of information,” Lippencott said.

However, there are some people, like senior nursing major Morgan Minx, who are not avid supporters of social media.

“I feel like it’s a waste of my time,” Minx said. “Usually, if I’m not doing anything, I just decide to scroll through social media, but I could be using that time being more productive.”

An article by the Houston Chronicle said that social media offers many negative aspects.

For example, social media can lead to a false sense of connection, cyberbullying, lack of privacy and decreased productivity.

“I have social media apps on my phone,” Minx said. “This makes it easier to access and get distracted.”

There are ways people can decrease problems and frustrations that occur with having a social media account.

First, trying not to spend too much time on social media could help prevent addiction.

“I could limit it by only checking social media once a day,” Lippencott said. “I tend to spend more time on social media than I need to.”

Staying away from looking at or posting negative posts could help frustrations with social media.

“The drama, gossip and other pointless stuff [is negative],” Lippencott said. “It’s an easy way for someone to get in trouble if they’re not careful.”

Realizing that not everyone’s life is not as seamless as they portray on social media can help self-esteem.

“It’s not always healthy because you only really see the best in everybody, and it’s not exactly real encouraging,” Minx said.

Eliminating quick access to social media could also help.

“I deleted all the apps on my phone last spring,” Minx said. “That was nice, and I was productive for a while.”

Finally, just being responsible users on social media accounts is the most helpful.

“We’re all grownups here in college,” Lippencott said. “We should be smart enough to handle something like social media.”

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