Are you one of those who says “I’m not a social media addict. I can control my level of activity anytime I want.”? This, perhaps, is one of the most common remarks you get from your friends. However, most of you have subconsciously become addicted to social media and may not even realize it. But how much is too much time spent on social sites? Are there psychological implications for pursuing social platforms too often? How do you know if you’ve become addicted to social media?
Some Facts About Social Media Addiction
Social media is a great way to meet new people, keep in touch with old friends and document a carefully filtered version of your life, but do you feel obsessed? Do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through for hours? Do you check it as soon as you wake up? Do you find yourself checking in everywhere you go? Despite the many positive benefits and impacts of social media, the negative impacts of the excessive use of social networking sites on the health and wellbeing of users are, nowadays, more popular. The definition of “too much” social media is different for everyone, but any behavior that endangers your safety or forces you to neglect responsibilities needs to be addressed immediately.
Studies conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics that show that social media can become addictive and triggers feelings of sadness and jealousy. Because people, most frequently, access to social media via smartphones, their usage is intimately intertwined and their mobile nature contributes to excessive checking habits, which often derives from the ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO). You check your smartphone every few minutes for any notification on Facebook, Twitter mentions, Instagram and such. But, unfortunately, depression in the world has increased with the rise in social media use. Actually, social media abusers are not addicted to the internet; they, in fact, become addicted to the feeling brought about by using social media!
If you want to check whether you may be at risk of developing an addiction to social media, ask yourselves these simple questions:
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about social media or planning to use social media?
- Do you feel urges to use social media more and more?
- Do you use social media to forget about personal problems?
- Do you often try to reduce your use of social media without success?
- Do you become restless or troubled if you are unable to use social media?
- Do you use social media so much that it has had a negative impact on your job or studies?
- Do you check Twitter or Facebook first thing in the morning?
- Can an electronic message interrupt you at any time?
If you answered “yes” to a few of these questions, it is more likely that you are a habitual social media user.
Are you addicted to social media?
Do not rely on social media to dictate your happiness or you will not be able to fully enjoy life. In fact, you don’t need social media to live a fulfilling life. If you find yourself being overwhelmed by social media, delete the apps. You will quickly come to understand how trivial and superficial they are. Devoting less time to social media will help you recover time you didn’t know you had—time you can spend on the stuff that makes you truly happy. Less time on social sites = more time to be social and experience new sights!!