As China’s economy continues to grow and a growing portion of the population gains access to the internet, social media usage also increases. However, according to statistics from The Kantar China Social Media Impact Report, a growing proportion of the Chinese populations reports that social media actually makes their lives worse. Positive attitudes toward social media have dropped 12.1 percentage points in the past year to 64.7 percent who feel positively about social media. This change is noteworthy considering China is the world’s largest and fastest growing online market.
Reasons cited for these increasingly negative outlooks on social media include the time it takes away from reading books, disturbing of people’s privacy, and negative health implications from sleep deprivation. Users cite the most positive effect of social media as relieving the stress of reality, which some may argue is a negative implication on society as a whole.