Addicted To Likes: Poppy Jamie (Full Transcript)

Full text of entrepreneur Poppy Jamie’s talk: Addicted To Likes at TEDxHollywood conference.

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Poppy Jamie – Founder of ‘Happy Not Perfect’

Who has checked their Facebook today? Yeah, good number.

I have checked my Facebook, I’ve checked my Instagram, my Twitter, sent a few vines, and I’ve updated my Snapchat 14 times. And this is what I uploaded. No, definitely didn’t upload that; no no no no no, this is what I uploaded.

Yes, after I had filtered, cropped, and edited it, and then thought for an hour about my caption, hashtag blessed.

Yes, I am a self-confessed social media junkie. This thing, the extension of my arm, I can’t get away from. My social life beats on here 24/7, and my work is totally dependent on it.

But it was only after I bumped into a lamppost for the sixth time, after I was walking and texting, did I really begin to consider how extreme my and my generations tech-obsession has become.

I’m pretty sure if I do get married, Siri will be doing the speech at my wedding.

Technology has completely altered the nature, quality, and quantity of our social interactions. Never before in the history of mankind have we been this exposed to so much personal information about our friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers.

Our digital identity is arguably more important than our physical one, because that’s what we’re being judged on first. Who’s online stored someone before meeting them, trying desperately hard not to like that Instagram photo from three years back. They want to include these things; they’ve begun to matter more than ever.

Put it this way: it was only when I changed my profile picture to a more photoshopped version of myself, did my Tinder account become a lot more active.

So the social media wave has submerged 2 billion people globally; it’s opened up communication channels, Age of Discovery, Education. On average a person has five social media accounts, and they roughly spend an hour and 14 minutes browsing these networks every single day.

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And in 2014 as study found that American college students were on these things for about nine hours a day. It’s a lot. So along with this huge growth in tech, we’ve also seen another acceleration: a rise in mental health problems.

The most socially connected generation: ‘Millennials’ according to the American Psychological Association are said to be the most stressed-out generation.

Newark Magazine stated that anxiety in young people was at an 80-year high. The front of The Times newspaper in the UK a few weeks back stated: teenagers were in a depression epidemic. The Independent said: ‘teenage depression has risen 70 percent in the past 25 years. Eating disorders have increased, have doubled even in the past 7 years.

And it doesn’t just stop at young people. Over 14 million adults in the U.S. are said to be struggling from anxiety and stress disorders.

Well, that’s all plugged in the entire time so overwhelmed by emails, texts, WhatsApp, Tumblers and Pinterest, many of us haven’t taken a second to consider what our new tech habits… the impacts our new tech habits are having on our mental well-being and overall health.

When studies start associating time spent on social media sites with depression, it can’t help but get you thinking.

After social media started connecting the world, and we all began shrinking our highly complex lives into a series of 140 characters, filtered snaps, and started running our own personal accounts like advertising agencies, marketing fabulous lives, many of us forgot to read the attached handbook that said: beware this might put your life and here’s how to deal with it.

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