Social media has changed our life forever. Those who were born in 90s must be knowing how it has changed our perception towards life.Checking and scrolling through social media has become an increasingly popular activity over the last decade. Scrolling down and up, gives important input to the reward centre of our brain.
A big percentage of users that become addicted to social networking sites and engage in excessive or compulsive use. In fact, psychologists estimate that as many as 5 to 10% of Americans meet the criteria for social media addiction today.
Social media addiction is a 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. It looks just like other addictions. People will be dependent on social media. They can’t be away from scrolling.
Addictive social media use will look much like any other substance use disorder that includes mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and relapse. This phenomenon can is similar to addiction of other substances. Blame is on dopamine. The increase in secretion of dopamine. It takes same pathway like gambling.
How Recognize A Social Media Addiction
Many people use social media on regular basis, but few are genuinely addicted. To know if someone is at risk of developing an addiction to social media, ask these 6 questions:
- Do they spend a lot of time thinking about social media or planning to use social media?
- Do they feel urges to use social media more and more?
- Do they use social media to forget about personal problems?
- Do they often try to reduce use of social media without success?
- Do they become restless or troubled if unable to use social media?
- Do they use social media so much that it has had a negative impact on their job or studies?
A “yes” to more than 3 of these questions may indicate the presence of a social media addiction.
So asses yourself!!!!