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Social Media Addiction

Summary: People are spending a lot of time on social media networking sites, and it’s not entirely their fault. Social media is designed in such a way as to instill addiction into its users, either by providing a ludicrous amount of content to sift through that continues to build, or by building up habitual responses through enticing lures, such as notification numbers.

Communication Problem:¬† Is social media use inherently good or bad? Is it good because it allows people to communicate with those they couldn’t talk to otherwise and enjoy online content conveniently, or is it bad because it thrives off of an addicted user base and is designed to exploit people prone to addiction?

Image Ideas: Barring use of actual drug imagery, I will hone in on something very related to social media: games. Specifically, craze mobile games that make their companies money by keeping their players leashed via waiting for features to unlock and limited lives that only renew every so often. Because of these barriers, people who are hooked on the game are willing to do or pay anything to advance, which creates a vicious cycle of exploitation.

To show this metaphor in photography, I think a portrait shot that is slightly over exposed would represent the “euphoric haze” that one’s mind is in when they are enjoying such a thing, even though it may be unhealthy. The subject would be enraptured with their phone, overjoyed, but utterly oblivious to the world around them. I would then add cartoonish icons and details such as a score counter in post to create that effect of a video game, blurring the boundary between the virtual world and the real one. The copy would read something like, “Life is a stage, not a game. Limit your social media use.”


Results: My original idea ran away from me, as I forgot this would be a cover for the article with the type already provided. In that case, the idea that my group went for was that of showing how overpowering social media addiction can be through visual metaphor or acted out scenes. The dark background and moody lightning conveys a more direct message about how social media is harmful to a person’s life.

Topic 5: Social Media Addiction

1. Summary
The article talks about social media addiction and how people don’t even realize how much time they’re spending on social media. The author of the article points out how the social media companies tricks us to keep checking our social media accounts several times a day, one of the tools they use to do this¬†is the red notifications – making it hard to resist checking to see who liked your post or who commented on your status. Quitting social media is hard, the article mentions the site 99 Days of Freedom that encouraged people to quit Facebook for 99 days, most people only lasted a few days. According to the article, you’re addicted because of FOMO (fear of missing out).

The author suggests to only check your account once a day.

2. Communication Problem
The images should communicate addiction, information overload, multi-tasking, and how this overload of social media interferes with your day and affects your ability to concentrate and to keep your attention on one thing at a time. It should also reflect how the social media addiction affects communication between people, and how people’s phone has become something like an extension of their body – like when you see a bunch of people walking down the street, all staring at their phones like zombies.

3. Image Ideas
The image could be someone with Facebook open on their laptop, Instagram open on their phone.¬†It could also show several people being on their phones, like zombies. Another idea is going away from showing people and showing just a phone with social media icons, using the phone as a metaphor for a drug, so there could for example¬†be a needle¬†coming out of the phone – as if you’re injecting social media into your body. I think it could also be cool to make the Facebook icon¬†and/or other social media icons out of pills.

4. Results
I had an opportunity to try out my idea of doing still life and using pills to create some kind of social media icon. I tried the Facebook logo and the Twitter bird without much luck at getting a good composition, and in the end I ended up coming up with using¬†the like button which I think represents the topic¬†very well –¬†the¬†addiction to likes are at the root of social media addiction. I think the photo came out well, the red poster board as a background gives a strong contrast – it’s very vibrant and gives a clear message with a simple design.

Topic Five: Social Media

Summary: In the article ” Social Media Addiction is a Bigger Problem Than You Think”, Mike Elgan explains some of the tricks and ingredients that make social media so addicting. He discusses FOMO, or the fear of missing out, and the need to always check our notification number. Nevertheless, he concludes by telling us how to kick the habit.

Communication Problem: The images that accompany this article should show the miscommunication that looking at your phone can cause. For example, imagine an image where a student is looking down at their phone while another student is talking to them.

Image Ideas:¬†After discussing concepts with a partner, he made me think of some great ideas. Social media can be thought of as a drug. It’s a habit that many adults and young adults are simply obsessed with. My idea is to have a person looking at their phone, while another person to looking over their shoulder, being nosy. Another idea is to have one person looking at their phone, while another grabs their hand trying to get a glimpse of what’s on their phone. This is social media addiction at its finest.

Results:¬†Quite frankly,¬†capturing the right images came with many obstacles. Even an hour after setting up, me and my group continuously ran into technical difficulties. It all started when the flash simply wouldn’t fire. We are aware that the camera wouldn’t flash until it focuses on something, but even with the camera focused, the flash wouldn’t fire. Roger decided that our wireless flash wasn’t working and we were given the wire, which connects the camera to the power pack. Even with the wire, we still faced difficulties keeping the wire jammed into the camera’s socket. Furthermore, our camera constantly experience a color issue, even when auto white balance was turned on. Many images came out extremely orange.¬†It was a tricky shoot!

Social media addiction

Social networking addiction is a phrase sometimes used to refer to someone spending too much time using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media so much so that it interferes with other aspects of daily life.There’s no official medical recognition of social networking addiction as a disease or disorder. Still, the cluster of behaviors associated with heavy or excessive use of social media has become the subject of much discussion and research
Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. In most addictions, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school.

Images could be as 1(all social media could be in trash can); 2 On one site is family other social media,

Social Media Addiction

  1. Summary:  The article describes the symptoms of social media addiction and how living in a era of social media has it pros and cons , they can take a toll on our everyday lives and how we have this way of wanting to catch up on the hottest trends, step in conversations, and catch up with family and friends every single day.
  2. Communication Problem: I believe their should be a clear way to portray social media as an addiction and how its made addictive to society. A way to persuade social media addiction to a person or demographic should be in a comedic way or light and silly concept; a campaign with a sense of humor.
  3. Image Ideas:¬†A way this can be portrayed is maybe putting a funny or wacky character to the ad and create a comedic interaction either through social media or even somebody on social media through their phone. A character of a social media “addict” or a group rehab of social media “addicts”.

Social media addiction

The articles have described a trend for social media platforms to be even more addictive and knowingly too. Social media sites exploit the fear of missing out (F.M.O.) Therefore I’d like to focus on individuals being left out of a party. I’d place my subjects as isolated from the bubble of their friends interacting.

Preferably in dim lighting conditions so that the glow of smartphones illuminates faces of the group but the left out individual is lit seperately

Social Media Addiction

‘Social Media Addiction is a Bigger Problem Than You Think,’ was describing people and their social media addictions. They spoke about a site called which encourages people to not use Facebook for 99 days. But, many couldn’t make more than a few days. People are addicted to social media because they are afraid of missing out of whats going to happen the days they are not on social media. This article also explains that the social media companies are engineered to make us more addicted to them everyday.

Image Ideas: I would like to use a dark background with the bright light of the phone in someones face, showing how addicted they are. Another idea I have is using two models, facing opposite sides of eachother on their phones. Also, using two models (as a couple) one on the phone and one being really upset. More ideas might come as we start the shoot.

Results: I did try to do my first idea, with a dark background with bright light on someones face but it was not working out how I wanted it to. So i ended up with a dark background with a playful, fun image. Clifford holding the phones that way was supposed to show addiction like playing a game of cards.

social media addiction

this article is about the social media addiction, today everyone using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. They check their phone every couple minutes but they don’t even know why they check it. you open see a group of people hangout and everyone has a phone in their hand. It happens in my family too, my dad always text me instead of come to my room and talk to me. It can destroy your life when you get addict.

photo idea: a couple having dinner, and the guy checking FB instead of talk to her girlfriend.



Social Media

According to the article, social media is getting a bit out of control. The iron grip it has upon it’s various users are quite powerful, to the point where people are addicted. Some people may not view it as a problem, indicating¬†it’s a way to communicate with people. But Its actually quite the opposite, as social media is corrupting our face to face communication with others. Corrupting and infecting our communication skills like an airborne virus that has become a pandemic.

I feel like social media should be controlled more, so images with a bit of humor should be use, as it will appeal more to social media junkies.

Social Media Addiction

  1. Summary:¬†The article is about social media being an addiction and the people in charge of them are making it addictive. Many people can’t quit Facebook because they have a fear of missing out and even if they are not interested in it, all their friends and families are on there so you are Facebook for them. Youtube is like a TV but with a lot more channels. All of the social networking sites have click bait that draws you right in.
  2. Communication Problem: Social media is an addiction to many and people are on it everyday.
  3. Image Ideas: A group of people sucked into their phones. A person sitting in the middle surrounded by hands holding phones on different social medias.
  4. Results: I love the expression of my model and I love how the phones are beaming light out on to his face in the darkness with the black backdrop. It shows how people who stay up in the odd hours of the night just browsing through social media and getting entertained by it.