Social media addiction isn’t a recognized disorder, yet. Many researchers report that they are seeing the same type of negative behaviors in people who use it excessively. Just as they see in those with opiate drug addictions. And, they argue, the two are more similar than people might think. Using drugs stimulates the pleasure center of the brain. That’s why addicts continually seek to get high. They want to feel that rush and that sense of well-being that comes with likes, comments, and notifications. The same feeling is gained when using Apple’s iPhone to check your social networks.
People Need Validation
Getting validation in the form of likes, comments, retweets, and attention can also stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. And give people a feeling of euphoria similar to the feeling that drug addicts get when they get high. Social media taps into a primal behavior in humans to keep repeating any behavior that gives them an intermittent reward. A mouse was given a piece of cheese when it presses a level, it will continue to press the lever. Until a piece of cheese appears, even if it takes a long time. A person who is getting validation from their posts will continue to post over and over. Until they get some validation from it.
Feelings Of Loneliness
For people who are lonely, or live in isolated areas where they can’t get out as often as they’d like. For seeing friends or family members in person, social media can be addictive. Here are a few of the signs of this addiction that you should be wary of. If you find yourself struggling to control your social media use you should get help before your dependence gets stronger. Also, if you’re listening to phone calls just to feel connected to people. Instead of leaving the house and interacting with them.
Signs Of Addiction
If you are using social media for hours every day and you can’t seem to get through a dinner, a car ride, or your workday without checking your account that could mean that you’re spending an unhealthy amount of time on it. If you wake up in the middle of the night to check your social media you could have a problem with your use. If you have to check your social media immediately before you go to sleep and after you wake up. There are now ways to treat social media addiction if you need it. Don’t feel ashamed to seek help, this is far more common than you think.
Affecting Your Life
If you get depressed when you don’t get enough likes, comments or retweets on your posts and photos. Then that indicates a problem. Your self-confidence and self-esteem shouldn’t be based on the view of strangers online. So if you find that you get sad, or depressed when you don’t get a lot of likes on your latest selfie. Or on a post that you thought was very witty, it’s time to get some help to rein in your social media use. Make sure you don’t let social media lead you to turn down hangouts with friends.