essays on how social media is as dangerous as addicting behaviors
They become stages where observing, examining, take part to the “social staging”; the script interpreted is made by interactional dynamics, social rules, emotions and so on;
Social networks have the power to amplify this human nature. They have broken the barriers of distance and time, of presence and visibility. They expand the possibilities of sharing and playing identities. They fulfil the most deeply human need of finding a psychological distinctiveness and self-definition in a social context.
(Please note, this article was written with Dr. Daria Kuss and was the original extended version of an article that was subsequently published in The Washington Post)
If you want to check whether you may be at risk of developing an addiction to social media, ask yourselves these six simple questions:
While this is not to say that you should not spend any free time on social media at all, but you must keep a close eye on how much time you use up on social media, and not overdo it.
Even back then, people have said that the heavy usage of internet and cell phone may cause serious problems to work performance and negatively impact one’s life, but there is no official mentioning that social media addiction is a type of disorder.
Because we need to continue to consume food and social media, these dependencies can’t be handled by the most effective means of ending addictions — going cold turkey. The feedback loop between our behavior and the part of our brain that responds to pleasure makes moderation very difficult to achieve. Few people can take one bite of a delicious chocolate cake and feel satisfied. Our hunger for more is powerful, and, as hard as it might seem, not taking the first bite can be easier than trying to stop after just one bite. I’ve had patients tell me that they recognize their helplessness in the face of food and wish they could totally give it up.
So. like patients who need to take control of their eating, could my patient use similar techniques to take control of her online life and start to feel better while keeping her job? Substituting the word “screen” for “food,” I asked my client to assess her relationship to social media and screen use in general. For example: Is my relationship to social media healthy? Does it reflect my values? At the end of each day, how has my time on screens helped me improve myself? What is one modification I can commit to to bring about sustained change with screen time in my life? If I think of every megabyte as a bite of food, what percentage of what I consumed online today was empty calories?
Publishing research on modern addiction
While we adjust to cope with the psychological effects of social media, gaming and internet use, researchers are working to understand the underlying triggers and consequences of our behavior. Here you can read some of the latest research, which provides an up-to-date overview of online addiction in the modern world. The collection is free until December 31, 2017.