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Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Updated on August 4, 2012
Some of the Social Media Icons
Some of the Social Media Icons | Source

You've just opened your eyes on a Saturday morning, you reach over to your smart phone and open up Facebook. Once you've checked up on what you missed during the seven hours you managed to sleep, you check on Twitter - all before you've moved out of bed.

Do you spend hours a day liking, tweeting, commenting and browsing Social Media sites? Well you may just be addicted to Social Media.

It seems like Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook have a noble goal of connecting us with friends, family and people with similar interests - however, the urge to share can easily become compulsive.

Here are some signs that you might be taking Social Media a bit too far and it's crossed the line into addiction!



Positive feedback is lovely, but it shouldn't become the be all and end all
Positive feedback is lovely, but it shouldn't become the be all and end all | Source

Social Media Self Esteem - Self Conciousness

Do you feel self conscious, alone or not good enough when you don't get enough likes, tweets or comments?

Many of us use Social Media as a way to reinforce a desperate need to feel good enough. The more likes/tweets/comments/etc we receive, the better we feel about ourselves.

Do you crave the feedback you get from sharing your life through Social Media? Do you refresh your page often to see how many new "likes" you have? Do you make decisions only by first consulting your Social Media followers? You're not alone.

Sharing your thoughts and getting feedback from a large group of people through Social Media can be ego-boosting, validating and encouraging - but what happens when we don't get that feedback?

Smart phones like iPhones mean Social Media is more accessible - making it easier to become addicted
Smart phones like iPhones mean Social Media is more accessible - making it easier to become addicted | Source

Social Media Comes First - Signs of Social Media Addiction

Do you tweet at the dinner table?
Can your friends and family only get in touch with you via Facebook?
Is the only way your friends get to see you through your instagram pics?
Do you update your status while on a romantic date?

Some of us spend far too much time in the Social Media world and forget to live in the real world. Developing an unhealthy obsession with Social Media can be a real issue - it might be heaven for your ego, but it's not for those around you.

Are you Sharing or Over Sharing?

Think about the number of social media streams you're connected to and how much you post. Think also about what you're posting.

Now ask yourself the question - are you sharing or over sharing?

Think about whether your followers would really care about the spider that you found behind the door or that you're at the grocery store. Are you sharing things that are meaningful, interesting, insightful or of any value? If not, you might want to consider turning down the volume of your posting - your followers would probably even like it more that you're not flooding their streams with your constant updates.

Remember - quality over quantity!

Do you spend more time with your facebook friends than your real ones?
Do you spend more time with your facebook friends than your real ones? | Source

Real life relationships falling by the wayside

Are your real-life relationships floundering because you're too busy fostering your online ones?

Social Media was first designed to keep us connected with our real friends and family. Remember that it's still important to have "real life relationships" and not just those that exist in the online world.

Wasting too much time on Social Media

Does work, projects, errands or time with friends get overlooked by Social Media? Are you too busy tweeting, pinning, posting , tagging and updating your status to do anything else? This is a big red flag and a definite sign that you are addicted to Social Media.

Social Media is there to enhance our lives, not to take them over. The key is to find a balance between real life and the Social Media world. It's easy to become antisocial and less present in the real world whilst working to be highly social in the Social Media world.

Consider taking a day off or only using Social Media at certain times and setting boundaries. Time away from the Social Media world will help you to connect more in your real life and you may even find inspiration for better quality sharing once you get back on.

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    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're definitely right!

    • ShaamCA profile image

      ShaamCA 

      5 years ago from India

      Yup nowadays people are really addicted to social media , if 40% are for business other 60 % of people are for entertainment only

    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks Helena! It's crazy what e will post on facebook sometimes! I agree, its like reality tv because it's so bad you can't look away, haha!

    • Helena Ricketts profile image

      Helena Ricketts 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      I really like this hub! I have a few friends on Facebook that post every little thing that they do and some that you can actually read disagreements and arguments between them and their kids or spouses. I'm literally shocked sometimes by the things that end up in the news feed on that site. One of my girlfriends found out her uncle had passed away from a Facebook post by a relative instead of a phone call. She rightfully went on a rant about it... on Facebook.

      It's a crazy world sometimes! I've actually logged in on occasion just out of curiosity only to check and see how arguments and crazy things are progressing. It's my version of reality TV since I don't watch television. :)

    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're right, we definitely have to remind ourselves to be in the moment sometimes rather than focusing on the online world :)

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      This is such a big issue facing our generation. I know that I sometimes struggle with social media dependence! Recently, I caught myself being annoyed when I could not check in at my best friend's wedding venue because of a lack of cell phone reception. It took me a moment to think, gee, the important thing is that I'm here! It's a good thing to remind ourselves!

    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you! I think everyone these days is at least slightly addicted to Social Media :P

    • CriticalMessage profile image

      Murphy 

      6 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      A good description of something that is the next epidemic...

      It is just not healthy to be addicted to anything.

      Denial is always the answer when questioned.

      Ignoring that there is a reason why the question is being asked.

      Addicts are always the last to know.

      Voted up! Awesome! & Shared

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