In our rapidly growing and connected world, it’s difficult not to have some form of social media addiction.
Whether you’re constantly checking to see what your Facebook friends are up to or whether your revelling in your Retweets, you could be one of the many people today who have a social media addiction. With over 2.34 billion worldwide social media users there are bound to be those users who become obsessed with their digital lives. Celebrities and commoners alike are embracing the need for our next social media fix, with people sinker deeper into their social media addiction. It has been reported that 14% of the total time spent online is spent on Facebook, which boasts 1.59 billion active users. Behavioural specialists have created a psychological scale to even measure Facebook addiction, called the Berge Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS). These specialist found that people who are more anxious and socially insecure, are more likely to have a social media addiction.
Researches have found four leading causes for social media addiction.
- Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO): Social media has made us more connected and aware of what’s going on in other people’s lives, making it hard to stop knowing what they are up to.
- Ego: Our society has become self-obsessed, which is evident from our selfie culture.
- Social Comparison and Self-Esteem Increase: We use social media to compare ourselves to our peers and to feel connected to them, which makes us feel good.
- Brain Chemistry: Social media addiction is physical as well as psychological.
If you’re amongst those with a social media addiction, or you just feel like a bit of a digital detox, then these 7 tips will be very helpful to you.
How To Beat Your Social Media Addiction – An infographic by the team at Bellvue Students.
Do you have a form of social media addiction?