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The Evolution of Social Media Addiction

When I was 7, I spent most of my time with family.

I blissfully colored in and out of the lines for hours at Sunday school as my parents sat listening to the pastor's sermon. I ran circles on our lawn as my siblings, and I let our imagination blur with reality.

When I was 10, I had sleepovers with my friends almost every night.

We'd gather at my house, make popcorn to the best of our ability, and play with heaps of toys till' the sun left the sky. We'd share stories of boys with cooties and those without, laughing and gossiping about the very little we knew. We'd nibble pizza, cookies, and every sugar-coated carbohydrate we could find within reach.

When I was 12, I did everything I could to fit in.

Alongside my entire middle school, I created a Facebook account as fast as my mother's HP computer could. I accepted 300 acquaintances as my friends and updated my status, before my parents, about the emotional social rollercoaster that is middle-school.

When I was 14, I got an iPhone 3 for Christmas.

My parents left for church while I lay on the couch reading "Holy Bible Tweets Daily." The soft curve of the phone fit perfectly in my palm as I abused my unlimited data plan. I tweeted during breakfast and streamed during dinner, sharing posts instead of family conversation.

When I was 16, I searched "How to Get Over an Ex" on YouTube.

I watched endless videos of digital gurus giving me advice on how to move on from my one-month fling. I gained comfort from my friends through quality Skype time and exchanges of encouraging DMs.

When I was 18, I made an Instagram.

I flinched at every ring buzz and ding hoping the sound originated from my notifications. I posted photos of laughs and luxuries while lying in bed, wiping watery eyes. My gaze was glued to my profile as I tirelessly awaited red hearts and thumb-ups to takeover my screen.

Today, I am 20 and will spend three plus hours on social media.

And when I become 40,

I will have spent two and a half years of my life doing just that.

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Kat Nance, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2018 Media Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the above essay in response to the following question: Are you or someone you know addicted to social media? Has social media affected your or your friend' s study habits by spending too much time scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter or watching videos on YouTube?

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Check out episode 7 of my podcast the Creative Influencer on iTunes and Spotify. We interview Ashley Nichole, an influencer on the rise who gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the brainstorming, filming, and producing process of creating a hit YouTube video https://apple.co/2Lmsyn6.
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Are you or someone you know addicted to social media?

Short answer: yes, long answer: YASSSSSSS! I have been "addicted" for a long time now. I know a few of my friends who are "addicted" as well, but I have yet to meet someone who is as deep into the time vacuum that is "social media" as me. What can I say, I like to keep up on popular culture? I find myself procrastinating on social media so often that I have installed software called Self-Control on my computer that disables me from using websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other unproductive websites for a given amount of time. It's been very helpful during academically stressful times such as finals week or the night before a rigorous group project or challenging paper is due

When it comes to the actual cell phone application-version of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Netflix (though not technically a social media site, but still nonetheless time consuming), sometimes I need to force myself to hide my phone somewhere in an inconvenient place like on a high shelf under a pile of clothes in order to really focus on the tasks that I need to do. I often times find myself wishing that I was not so drawn to waste time on social media, but I have come to realize that it is not so much my dependency on social media apps themselves. Rather, I need to get to the root of my problem: procrastination.

I don't know why procrastination is one of my biggest vices or why I find myself constantly creating new ways to occupy my time away from the things that I should be doing instead of tackling the many tasks that I have on my daily to-do list and saving the "play time" for after my work is complete.

It's such a self-destructive cycle that I actively put myself in and I have challenged myself to end the cycle this year. I want to not have this unhealthy and unproductive weight holding me back from making the most out of the precious hours I have in the day.
I am challenging myself to minimize my use of social media and Netflix and actually be present in my daily life and make meaningful memories and relationships with the short amount of time I have on this Earth. As perfectly cliché as it is, one never knows how much time they have to enjoy the blessings of leading a meaningful and present life. I hope to experience even a little of what that is like this year. After all, it is my senior year of college and I will soon be full-throttle thrusted into the world of "adulting" very soon. I want to leave behind these childish and unproductive habits behind me and make myself available to all the amazing opportunities the "adult world" has for me.

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Cari Callen, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2018 Media Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the above essay in response to the following question: Are you or someone you know addicted to social media? Has social media affected your or your friend' s study habits by spending too much time scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter or watching videos on YouTube?
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Episode 6 of the 1st season of my podcast the Creative Influencer is available on iTunes and Spotify. We interview Evegail Andal, talent manager and founder of Matter Media Group. Spoiler alert: Evegail has a dog for a client--Ken the Corgi. Visit my blog for a full transcript: http://bit.ly/2MzbgEN
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Episode 5 of my podcast, The Creative Influencer Podcast is now available on iTunes and Spotify. We interview Kaila Methven the fashion designer, dominatrix, Kentucky Fried Chicken heiress, CEO, and influencer with over 1 million Instagram followers.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2KY3yOZ
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8/15/18
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We interview the bold, charismatic, and jewel-loving influencer Amber Scholl for Episode 4 of The Creative Influencer podcast. Join us as she shares her inspiring story. Available for download on iTunes. http://bit.ly/2LOUErv
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Episode 3 of my podcast with Alisha Marie is now available for download on iTunes. This episode explores the rejuvenation of Alisha, a social media workaholic. http://bit.ly/2M58oei
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Episode 2 of my podcast The Creative Influencer is now available for download on iTunes. Join us as we talk to "Martin" and why you shouldn't buy an Instagram account from Turkey: http://bit.ly/2NVlsnd
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The first episode of my podcast, The Creative Influencer, is live on iTunes. Join us as we interview Greg Goodfried, co-creator of YouTube's first big hit Lonelygirl15 and influencer behind YouTube's First Product Placement Deal. More information here: http://bit.ly/2LBkqzh
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“The Creative Influencer” Podcast set to launch


We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of “The Creative Influencer” podcast in two weeks. The first episode of Season One with be available on July 24, 2018.

The Creative Influencer will be a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Jon Pfeiffer, an entertainment attorney based in Santa Monica, CA. Jon will interview influencers, creatives and the professionals who work with them. Stay tuned. http://bit.ly/2f9MtXX


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