What is Social Media Addiction
- Social Media Addiction is a behavioral addiction characterized as 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.
- Due to its impact on the brain, social media is addictive both physically and psychologically.
- Psychologists estimate that 5 to 10% of Americans meet the criteria for Social Media Addiction today.
- Self-disclosure on social networking sites lights up the same part of the brain that also ignites when taking an addictive substance.
- Social Media Addiction can largely be contributed to the dopamine-inducing social environments that social networking sites provide.
- Social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram produce the same neural circuitry caused by gambling and recreational drugs to keep consumers using their products as much as possible.
- The reward area in the brain and its chemical messenger pathways affect decisions and sensations. When someone experiences something rewarding or uses an addictive substance, neurons in the principal dopamine-producing areas in the brain are activated, causing dopamine levels to rise. Therefore, the brain receives a “reward” and associates the drug or activity with positive reinforcement.
- Studies have shown that the constant stream of retweets, likes, and shares from these sites has affected the brain’s reward area to trigger the same chemical reaction as other drugs, such as cocaine.
- Neuroscientists have compared social media interaction to a syringe of dopamine being injected straight into the system.
Social Media Addiction and Depression
- Social Media causes depression because of the effects it has on our brain.
- Depression is at an all-time high because of COVID-19; not being able to travel and go places has increased Depression and loneliness.
- In several recent studies, users who spend most of their time on Instagram, and Facebook, were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 percent) higher rate of reported Depression than those who spent the least time.
- People who use social media more often will increase the feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, and isolation. In turn, these feelings negatively affect your mood and worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Social Media Addiction is what increased the spike in Plastic Surgery and Depression in women
- Some women get online and compare themselves to women who have entirely different features than they do.
- People dealing with Depression or Loneliness are logging into their Social Media Accounts and comparing their lives to other people.
- Plastic Surgery, Body Augmentation is not bad if you feel this will help build your confidence.
- Bodyweight is nothing to shame; Every person has their unique body shape; some Men/Women will tell you they love a little meat on the bones.
- On Social Media, you can download an App to Edited Your Photo’s to create the body you want.
Filters and Social Media
- A filter is fun and all, but in reality, we need to focus on taking care of our natural Hair, Skin, and Bodies; for example,
- Getting our hair trimmed every 3 to 4 months, keeping our hair moisturized and hydrated.
- You can have the same glowing beautiful skin you have in filters by
- Properly cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting your skin.
- You can have a better body than having a Body Augmentation by exercising
- Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
- Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
Loneliness and Social Media
- We have never had so many ways to connect, yet more and more of us feel disconnected.
- A recent Ipsos survey of more than 20,000 American adults found that nearly half always reported or sometimes feeling lonely a situation, experts worry, could worsen with social distancing restrictions.
- Loneliness is associated with a 26% jump in mortality risk
- That puts loneliness on par with smoking and obesity in terms of its impact on a person’s risk for death.
Social Media should not affect the way we feel about ourselves. Likes are likes, but it shouldn’t make you feel less valued or not as beautiful as someone else.
Social Media should be a place you go to laugh, catch up with the “News,” “Style,” get reviews.
Social Media isn’t somewhere; you should go for Personal Advice
- The reason you shouldn’t go online for personal advice is that everyone online isn’t your FRIEND.
- A friend online isn’t the same as a Friend in real life.
- Friends online don’t always have your best interest at heart.
- People log into Social Media to be entertained, just like you watch tv; Social Media is the same.
- Asking people for PERSONAL advice online should be a big red flag because it may be out of good intentions or not.
- I’m not talking about asking for advice on restaurants, clothing, etc. The best part of Social Media is asking others about their experiences before we try something new. People online are very truthful when it comes to reviews.
- Put more thought into what you post, and Take your time with Social Media.
- Quality over Quantity will help you stand out and have fun while being on Social Media Platforms.
- Don’t take anything online too seriously, especially comments from immature people.
- Anyone who uses their platform to Bully or leaves nasty comments are more than likely dealing with a Mental Health issue that they haven’t yet identified with; These Mental Health issues could be
- Loneliness or depression, which causes them to overact for more attention.
- Deactivate your Social Media Platforms once in a while to help yourself stay in touch with Reality and pay attention to your family, friends, and overall Mental Health.
- Delete your Social Media Apps if you don’t want to deactivate to take a break once in a while.
More Tips on Social Media Addictions
- That’s why taking a break from Social Media is a productive thing because it gives us time to focus on ourselves and make sure we still have a mind of our own.
- Make sure that you are not trying to impress or compete with anyone.
- Understand the real world is a fast place, and time waits for no one.
- Social Media can take up a lot of your time here on earth.
- Have fun with it but don’t let it take up too much of your life.
- Always put your peace and happiness first.
- Social Media is about allowing the world to get to know you but keeping some parts of your lives private.
- Say Less Do More.
- A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Quality over Quantity
- Put more thought into what you post, and Take your time with Social Media but don’t let it affect you or change you!
- Always stay true to who you are.