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Is your use of Social Media a signal of addiction?

Domi Perek

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By Valeria Manca

How much time on average do you spend on social media each day? Do you find yourself scrolling through Instagram for hours? Or do you constantly check how many likes or views your post is getting? If this is your situation, then your use of social media may reflect some signs of social media addiction.

The Addiction Centre explains that social media addiction is a “behavioral 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.”

The challenge to beat up boredom during the lockdown pushed millions of users to get creative, learn how to cook, sign up for free yoga classes on Zoom, and watch almost every movie available on Netflix. Some of these daily activities that we used to do in classes or public spaces are now part of the digital world and it is hard to detach ourselves from our phone or computer.

In the last decade, the use of social media has been continuously changing and growing at a fast rate. It can have many positive impacts, such as the possibility of connecting with your loved ones who live far away or connecting with people anywhere in the world. But in some cases, the wrong use of these platforms can have adverse effects not just in our behavior or social life, like ignoring real-life relationships or responsibilities, and it could even have harmful effects on our mental health that could lead to depression or anxiety.

How Social Media Affects the Brain: The addictive use of these platforms is primarily related to its effect on our brains as each notification or like we receive triggers the release of dopamine, which in turn makes us feel good on a chemical level. This reward mechanism encourages us to connect, even more, having a similar effect as that of being addicted to drugs.

Be aware if you or someone you know is repeating most of these common behavioral signs of a social media addict:

1. Checking all your social media platforms right after you wake up or spending a lot of time in bed scrolling: If your morning routine consists of endlessly procrastinating while…

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Domi Perek

Entrepreneur, Fashion Gal, Magazine Co-Founder. 30 under 30 by Forbes in Media x Marketing. Connect with me via Instagram @domi_verse