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Posted On: 6th Mar 2018

Social Media Obsession

Evangeline has joined forces with Fixers.
Evangeline wants people to talk to each other instead of staring at their mobile phones.
Dr Philip Powell from the University of Sheffield is supporting Evangeline's Fixers campaign.

'Everywhere you go at least one person will be on their phone. People need to be more present and make eye contact.’

 

Evangeline Cull, 20, from Chesterfield, is working with Fixers to raise her concerns that people are spending too much time on their phones.

 

She believes that our current obsession with social media is preventing people from enjoying the company of those immediately around them.

 

‘I think you could say that social media is actually disconnecting us,' she says.

 

'It doesn’t feel like people are living in the moment, enjoying spending time with the person they’re actually with and I think there’s a lot less human-to-human contact now.’

 

Evangeline spoke about her Fixers campaign on ITV News Central and ITV News Calendar on March 8.

 

She is also concerned that obsessive use of social media leads to young people being more anxious and dissatisfied with their lives.

 

Evangeline believes posting pictures of yourself can trigger further negative feelings.

 

‘If someone is not feeling that great about themselves, then they’ll put a picture on social media but if it doesn’t get as many likes as they think it should get then they can feel really upset and it can just really knock their self-confidence and self-esteem,' she explains.

 

Dr Philip Powell from the University of Sheffield is supporting Evangeline's Fixers campaign.

 

Like her, Dr Powell believes it’s important that more young people feel empowered to take action into their own hands to reduce their screen time on their phones.

 

He says that there are, 'a number of pieces of research that have suggested increased mobile use and social media use on phones could be negative for young people'.

 

Dr Powell adds that: 'This is an issue that government is increasingly interested in and parents are worried.'

 

 

Evangeline wants young people to learn about strategies to prevent obsessive phone use interfering with their lives.

 

'There’s this new little game when people go on nights out or they go out for a meal.   They all put their phones on the table and the first person to touch their phone has to buy a round of drinks.

 

'It makes kind of a joke of it, but it still just reminds everyone that we can just be enjoying ourselves without checking Facebook or Instagram.'

 

Evangeline hopes that by raising this issue more people will start questioning the amount of time they and their friends spend looking at their phones.

 

‘Instead they could  be speaking to their family or having a genuine real conversation with their friends,' she says. 'I just think people need to look up from their phones.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Lucy Thwaite

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