Depending on SoMe

More than every other Dane between the ages of 18 and 34 puts their trust in social media when they want to feel connected to the world around them, shows a new survey from Kaspersky, which asked 1,001 Danes about their use of social media. Here, the study shows that Danes spend an average of 1.5 hours on Facebook, 1 hour on Instagram and 2 hours on TikTok every day – while the most dedicated users (5 per cent) tick ticks from there for up to eight hours a day.

It is not entirely skewed to conclude that many are addicted to social media. The reason can be found in how the use of social media makes us feel. More than half (53 per cent) feel entertained and more than one in three (34 per cent) feel updated. Every third Dane (30 per cent) believes that social media has a positive effect on society and politics, while 24 per cent. think the opposite.

Harmful effect on mental health

Each time we scroll through the various feeds, we share information about ourselves that social media uses to target marketing to us. But we are also opening up to cybercriminals who can use our personal data for identity theft or online trolling.

Addiction to social media can also have a detrimental effect on our mental health. However, most Danes are aware of the negative aspects of using social media. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) have heard stories about the negative consequences of using social media, and of these, 68 per cent have since changed their behavior. As a consequence, every third person (33 per cent) has chosen to spend less time on social media, while 30 per cent will no longer be involved in online discussions. 25 pct. have chosen to no longer follow the people who negatively affect them.

Positive and negative sides

“Although more than half (56%) of the world’s population has been active on social media for more than a decade, many of us are still figuring out how to balance the positive aspects of social media with the negative ones. , ”Says David Emm, chief executive of IT security research at Kaspersky.

“Virtual relationships have become the norm. Developing an online relationship often leads to excessive sharing of personal information, which unfortunately can lead to a lot of negativity; hacking and phishing attempts, doxing and bullying, online shaming, just to name a few. The shutdowns have caused many to intensify their online relationships to avoid loneliness and boredom. It is important that this group is aware of the consequences of excessive sharing online and is able to take a more balanced approach, ”says David Emm.

Be careful about sharing personal information online

According to the survey, every fourth Dane (25 per cent) aged 18-34 knows someone whose personal information has been compromised, and seven per cent have been victims of online fraud via social media.

Therefore, one should make sure that one’s privacy settings are as up to date as possible, use password management software, and be aware of what personal information one is sharing on social media.

Kaspersky has recently launched ShareAware Hub – a platform that helps social media users understand how to be more secure online while enjoying social media. Take the quiz and tell me how good you are.

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