Can social media be addictive?

TechNews Writer
Mon Sep 19, 2022

Social media first served as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family, but they have now developed into a desired pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. Social media's strength is the allowed flexibility in communicating and interacting with anybody around the world, and with so many people at once. They enable us to remain in contact with friends who live far away, communicate with one another, and access an infinite quantity of knowledge. They also allow us to learn about what is taking place around the world in real time.

Social media look like a relaxing and fun use of free time, but their effects actually show on our brains. The feelings that occur while using social media can only make you happy temporarily. There are many addictions other than social media, like gambling, alcohol, smoking, etc., but these other addictions have an age limit, whereas social media don't. The primary motivation for utilizing social media is technological advancement. Technology is fantastic, but too much of it may be harmful. It has the potential to damage all of our relationships, just as all other addictions do. Social media are accessed via smartphones and personal computers. As a result, they are often referred to as phone and laptop addiction.

There are a few important distinctions between social media addiction and an enjoyable habit. Overusing social media might have a detrimental impact on your performance at work or at school. You might constantly think about social media even when you aren't using them, to the point that you use them immediately anytime you get the chance. Increasing dependence on social media as a stress reliever can cause issues like agitation and uneasiness when you are not using them. You may even notice signs such as poor mental health, reduced physical activity, ineffective time management, procrastination, and disturbed sleep habits.

A few ways to get over social media addiction:

  • Uninstall your smartphone's social media apps. Keeping them away from your smartphone may help you spend less time on social media in general because you will have to use a computer to use the applications.
  • When you're at work, school, eating, or engaging in leisure activities, switch off your smartphone.
  • Each social networking app's settings may be changed to allow you to disable alerts.
  • Make a daily commitment to only allot a particular amount of time on social media. To help you stay accountable, start a timer.
  • Start a brand-new pastime unrelated to social media. Sports, art, and cooking are a few examples.
  • Whenever you can, try to schedule in person visits with your loved ones. You can explore different places and talk to different people to know about their lifestyles. 




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