Social Media Addiction

What is Social Media Addiction and How to Help those who are Addicted

Social Media-Related Suicidal Signs

If someone you know makes comments on social media about suicide or expresses emotional pain online, always take them seriously! Whether it’s a single post or multiple, do not ignore them.

In addition to posts that directly reference dying, signs of emotional crisis in social media posts may include those that mention:

  • Self-medicating in response to emotional or physical pain.
  • Feeling alone or isolated.
  • Saying goodbye or expressing a desire to escape.
  • Feeling like a burden to coworkers or loved ones.
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Expressing hopelessness or having no reason to live.
  • Describing methods of suicide.

Social Media Elements of Addiction

  1. Infinite Scrolling – This is a listing-page design approach that loads content continuously as the user scrolls down.
    The Dopamine Loop – The brain responds by releasing an increased amount of dopamine, the main neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure.
  2. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) – An emotional response to the belief that other people are living better, more satisfying lives or that important opportunities are being missed.
  3. Social Media Fatigue – Social media users’ tendency to withdraw from social media because of feeling overwhelmed is closely related to individuals’ social life and well-being.
  4. Textaphrenia – Is an apprehension that a text message has arrived.
  5. Textiety – Is the anxious feeling of not receiving or sending text messages.
  6. Nomophobia – Anxiety about not having access to a mobile phone or to mobile services.
  7. Ringxiety phantom vibration syndrome – The false perception that one’s mobile phone or other technological device is vibrating when it is not.
  8. Sleep texting disorder – A phenomenon in which a person replies to text messages or initiates sending messages while they are technically asleep.

Social Media Facts and Statistics

  • Social Media addiction is just as addictive as illegal drugs and gambling addiction.
  • Social Media addiction may alter your brain.
  • A 10-year study discovered that teenage girls at age 13 who spent 2 to 3 hours daily on social media were at a higher risk for suicide.
  • 64.3% of teens were involved in a self-harm / suicidal situation.
  • 82.2% of teens encountered nudity or content of a sexual nature.
  • 14.2% of teens encountered predatory behaviors from someone online.
  • 15.1% of teens encountered content about disordered eating.
  • Suicide, depression and anxiety peak at ages 15 – 16, and are slightly higher for females than for males.
  • 41.2% of teens were exposed to language about anxiety.
  • 83.3% of teens experienced bullying as a bully, victim or witness.
  • 44.1% of teens engaged in conversation about depression.
  • 88.2% of teens expressed or experienced violent subject matter or thoughts.

Social Media Addiction Tips and Resources

  • Stay off the social networks when you are going to eat, take a bath or lie in bed.
  • As it becomes habitual, plan and reduce the time period for using social media.
  • Spend more time with family and beloved people.
  • Try planting trees or engage in gardening.
  • Delete Social Media apps you don’t use.
  • Try to relax with meditation.