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Social media - are you in or out?

Last updated 10:51 26/09/2016
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How has social media changed your life? Has it been for better or for worse? Or have you never indulged?

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Right now, you're reading this on some type of screen.

The way we consume information and interact with our friends, family and colleagues has undergone radical change as our lives become more intertwined with technology.

But at what price?

Social media can be make people feel inadquate and can mean we're starving for acceptance.

It can even be addictive, which can lead to poor social relationships and isolation compulsivity, victimisation, stress, depression and anxiety, exhibitionism and preference for online interactions over real-world interactions.

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In 2014 a short film on the positives of "looking up" urging people to switch off from a world of smartphones and social media went, ironically, viral.

Millions of people posted the link on their Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, urging others to Look Up.

We want to hear how social media has changed your life - for better or worse. Have you decided to cancel your Facebook page or stepped away from your Twitter account?

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Or are you a confirmed social media fan as you enjoy keeping up with your friends and making updates, posting pics, tweeting and checking in? How often are you online?

Has social media changed the way you interact with friends and family online and in person?

Or have you never had a social media account? Why?

Share your story of how you have "looked up" from the screens in your life or why you love social media, in at least 250 words, by hitting the big, green button.


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