Whenever the addiction is mentioned anywhere, drugs and alcohol are probably the first things that come to mind. However, there are several other things people can be addicted to.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as an “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.” This definition adequately touches drug and alcohol addiction, but also takes into consideration other issues like shopping, gambling, gaming and internet addictions.
Talking about internet addiction, one component of the internet that has caught the attention of virtually everyone is the social media. Statistics show that up to 68 percent of American adults used Facebook almost every day in 2016. Other platforms were equally very frequently used. The problem with these figures according to experts is that people get addicted to social media without even knowing it. And what’s more, there is no stigma attached to it like in most other addictions.
And if you thought social media addiction is different from drug or alcohol addiction, health professionals actually hold sessions to teach people how to operate their smart devices responsibly. And like any other addiction, it takes between six months and a year — sometimes even longer — to bring social media addiction under control.
As much as it has benefitted the world, social media has lots of demerits if and when it becomes an addiction trigger. Millions of Americans are already addicted to it and the consequences are felt all around the country. Perhaps it is time for children to be taught how to use and manage smart devices before they are allowed to own one.
Social media addiction is real and has consequences like any other addiction. If you are one of those already addicted, know that there are steps you can take to remedy the situation. You will not have to quit the social media all together, so don’t panic. There are therapies that will help you use the trigger responsible and reap benefits from it, rather than disadvantages.