AWN, (02/10/21) – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms are no longer novel terms; everyone, from toddlers to adults, is familiar with them. Nearly half of our lives are impacted by what we collectively refer to as social media. a new method of interacting with others. According to Backlinko.com, there will be 4.48 billion individuals actively utilizing social media in the world in 2021, up 13.13 percent from 3.69 billion in 2020. There were only 2.07 billion users in 2015, indicating a 115.59 percent growth in users in only six years. Not to mention the negative effect of social media use.
- Larry Carlat used to tweet 30 times a day, seven days a week for over 3 years. As a result of his Twitter obsession, he lost his job as well as his marriage.
- Have you ever been inattentive to the situation around you due to endless scrolling on social media? This is exactly what happened to a female tourist visiting Port Phillip Bay in Australia. Constantly checking on her Facebook, she was completely unaware of her surroundings and ended up falling into icy cold waters.
- A British teen named Danny Bowman tried to kill himself for not be able to find the best photograph to be uploaded on social media after taking up to 200 selfies on his iPhone.
Those are some true stories of social media addiction as published on Oddee. Social media addiction is happening worldwide as 3.1 billion people are now active users and still counting. Let’s have a look at the following shocking statistics regarding social media addiction from Media Kix.
- 210 million people are estimated to suffer from internet & social media addictions.
- Teens who spend 5 hours a day on their phones are 2x more likely to show depressive symptoms.
- Young, single females are addicted to social media more than any other group.
- 71% of people sleep with or next to their mobile phone.
- 10% of teens check their phones more than 10x per night.
- 50% of people driving while using a smartphone are checking social media.
- Over 240 million Americans check Facebook daily (74% of all Americans).
So, what is Social Media Addiction? Addiction Centre defines Social Media Addiction as behavioural addiction that is characterized as 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.
Hopefully, you are not one of the users whose whole lives have been controlled by the excessive use of social media. To check whether you may be at risk of developing such addiction, Psychology Today suggests asking yourselves these six 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?
Make sure to have an appointment with a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist if you answer “yes” to all questions in order to attain an accurate diagnosis. According to Dr. Daria Kuss in the Washington Post, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is so far the most successful type of treatment for online addictions. This talk therapy is meant to help people by changing their state of mindset and behavior.
Remember, social life on social media seems real, yet it is not!(AWN/ftr)