Being “addicted” to social media might sound ridiculous at first, but it can actually be a serious problem. Much like being addicted to other things, being addicted to social media can have consequences and can negatively affect your life.
A recent poll found that 55% of people over the age of 25 felt that they had to check in on Facebook at least once per day, and that 49% of people under the age of 25 will let an electronic message interrupt them during a meal. In addition, 48% of people check or update their Facebook or Twitter accounts after they have “gone to bed” That means that for every couple lying in bed, one of them will reach for their phone even after they already said goodnight.
Being addicted to social media basically means that you are unable to stop using it even if you want to. This can cause problems which may include anxiety and low self-esteem. Many people place too high of a priority on keeping up to date with social media, and some even consider it to be their favourite hobby.
Like Jeff Foxworthy might say, you may be addicted to social media if… you speak in sentences of 140 characters or less. Here are 10 more Signs You’re Addicted To Social Media.
10 You Plan On It
9 You Do It To Forget Your Troubles
8 You Feel Helpless
7 It's Having A Negative Impact
6 It's Your Main Form of Communication
5 It's The First Thing You Do in the Morning
4 You Take Photos of Everything
3 You Overshare
2 It's The Basis of Your Self-Worth
1 Obsessively Refreshing
So now you have planned on using social media, used it as an escape from the real world, let it negatively impact your life and determine your self-worth, and overshared too many personal details and photos. The worst sign you are addicted to social media is refreshing obsessively. Whether you want to see who responds or likes your tweets, or you just can’t wait for that latest post by your favorite celebrity, hitting refresh over and over again is a sure sign you have an issue with social media. Many of the social media apps refresh automatically, so showing that you can’t wait an extra few seconds is a really bad sign of being addicted to social media.
Sources: PCWorld.com, Mirror.co.uk, Popsugar.com, BusinessNewsDaily.com
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