addicted to social mediaSocial media is an excellent way to communicate, yet many are we becoming addicted to social media? According to a study done by The University of Chicago,  social media can be more addictive than alcohol or nicotine. Why do we love social media and why is it so addicting? 

Why do we love social media?

People love social media for many different reasons. We desire to communicate with others and be part of something. We want to know the latest news, gossip and events. We want knowledge. Some of the top reasons we love social media are:

  • Gives us a voice – Social media allows us to vent and be heard.
  • Feel Connected – Social media allows us to connect with family, friends and others with similar interests to ours.
  • It's Easy – Social media can be accessed from anywhere. It is at the tips of our fingers and it is easy to log on throughout the day.

What are some of the signs that you may be addicted to social media?

Social media addiction can be a real problem. It can actually interfere with your life and cause negative affects. Being addicted to social media is not something to be taken lightly. Many people feel that they can not live without social media and experience symptoms of addiction withdrawal without it. Some of the signs of social media addiction are:

  • Use while driving – If you have to check your social media networks while driving you are putting yourself and others in danger.
  • Affects your life negatively – If you feel social media is not enhancing your life, but affecting it negatively then you might be addicted.
  • Obsessing over posts – If you find yourself obsessing over posts and responses then it may be time to take a break from social media.

How can you use social media to balance your activity?

As addicting as social media can be it can also be used to help people addicted to social media. Surprisingly, social media can be useful to find help and support for those addicted to social media.

  • Support – There are groups on social media to offer support and advice for those addicted to social media. 
  • Resources – Social media is a great resource for finding help for social media addiction.
  • Accountability – Let those you are connected to you on social media know about your struggle. They can help hold you accountable.

Being addicted to social media is no laughing matter. It can become a real problem if not dealt with. Social media addiction can affect your life negatively and interfere with daily tasks. If you are attached to your mobile device and social media you are missing out on real life experiences. You may also be missing out on real connections and support from those around you.

If you feel you are becoming addicted to social media, try tuning out. Schedule times to check your social media networks. Try only checking in twice a day. Take steps now to avoid a problem that can grow out of control.

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