Social media is seriously having a rising negative effects on several people’s life. It’s addiction and misuse produce negative effects just as comparable as that of gambling, drugs, or alcohol.
Checking and scrolling through Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may seem harmless initially however, over time it may lead to addition characterized by craving, dependency and abuse. It produces feelings such as mood swing, depression, withdrawal syndromes, unproductive and downright irritability, conflicts, and so on all because of the world within your phone.
Studies have shown that social media platforms taps into the brain “reward system” triggering same reaction comparable to taking additive substances such as alcohol and cocaine. This behavioral addiction is characterized by being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.
If social media addiction and misuse is left unchecked, it will specifically affect your decision making aptitude in a negative way.
How to Recognize Social Media Addiction
1. When Your Need for Social Media Becomes So Strong:
When you discover that you feel anxious that you cannot access social media. Do you “clock watch” during a social media app update waiting for it to be available? This is an obvious signal of dependency, this is comparable to craving sensation you would feel when taking illicit drugs.
2. When You Hear a Notification and Immediately Check Your Phone:
This will fuel your social media addiction by modifying your brain reward system. An addiction counselor always advise affected individuals to slow their response time to devalue their brains’ interpretation of the notification.
3. When You Tentatively Monitor Your Posts to See How Many Likes You Get
Do you refresh the page after you made a post to watch the likes go up? This is a pointer to social media addiction.
It is not wrong to desire to be liked, however there’s a great need to balance between a “self-worth” and “assigned-worth”. Self-worth should always take precedence because your opinion of a post is what truly matters.
4. When You Check Your Accounts Immediately When You Wake up And Immediately before Bed
If you check your phone immediately when you wake and immediately before you go to bed, that indicates social media is high on your priority list.
5. When You are Socially Isolated and Distant from Your Spouse, Family and Friends
It is absurd how your need to stay connected with the world tend to pull you away from the world around you. Indeed, social media addiction can lead to social isolation.
Family members and friends may say you seem distant because you’re always on your phone, even when you’re with people you’re looking at online. You need to learn how to live in the moment and enjoy social media in moderation.
6. When You Measure Your Life’s Events by How “Upload-Worthy” They Are
If you cannot find joy in an event unless you can post about it. That’s another indicator that you have social media addiction.
For instance, you’re at a party and you’re really enjoying yourself. Then suddenly the whether becomes gloomy, so you can’t get a good picture with your friends. Does that diminish your enjoyment? Does the party suddenly seem less fun? If yes, then that is a sign of social media addiction.
How to Minimize and Control Your Social Media Craving, Dependency and Abuse
By now, you may have determined that you do indeed have social media addiction. Don’t worry – it’s easier to fight than you think.
With some addiction counseling and simple lifestyle changes, you can take control of your life once again. Stay tuned for the second half of this guide where we explain How to Minimize and Control Your Social Media Craving, Dependency and Abuse.