Social media addiction is a growing global phenomenon that is gaining increased attention. Social media has allowed us to connect with others in unprecedented ways, but this freedom also comes with a price.
Here is some information on social media addiction today:
Over 3 billion people use social media globally
In 2018, over 3 billion people use social media daily. It is estimated that over 95% of people access their social media using mobile devices. This mobility allows us to connect anywhere, at anytime. This freedom to connect forms an ideal breeding ground for addiction.
Teens are the heaviest users of social media
According to the latest research, teens could spend up to 9 hours a day on social media platforms. It is estimated that up to 10% of teens check their phone in excess of 10 times per night. This has the effect of affecting quality sleep and can create a sense of restlessness. Blue light exposure from screens is also known to affect hormonal levels which can delay sleep onset.
Social media addiction is one of the world’s biggest addictions today
Social media addiction is a growing problem and it is estimated that over 200 million people are addicted worldwide. The excessive time spent on social media can have serious effects on relationships, self esteem and general wellbeing.
Social media addiction is linked to anxiety and depression
Social media is known to be connected to the common term FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), but what is not generally discussed is the link to depression and anxiety. In one study, it was found that teens who spend more than 5 hours a day on social media were twice as likely to develop depressive and anxiety symptoms.
Social media addiction is linked to narcissistic personality traits
According to studies, frequent users of social media are more likely to display narcissistic personality traits. Social networks allow narcissistic personality types to carefully cultivate their image for the purpose of self promotion. These false impressions can create feelings of inadequacy in those who are exposed to it.
Many people sleep next to their mobile phones
Up to 70% of people regularly sleep next to their mobile phone. The blue light exposure can affect sleep quality and disrupt circadian rhythms. Research is still being conducted to determine how chronic exposure to radio frequency waves can affect our health and wellbeing.
People often check social media while driving
Over 50% of drivers admit to checking social media while they are driving. Thousands of people are injured as a result of this distraction. This trend is set to increase as social media becomes more popular.
Social media is here to stay. While it clearly provides new and creative ways for us to connect with the world, the potential negative effects cannot be ignored. We need to be increasingly vigilant in how we use social media in our daily life to avoid the harmful effects it can bring.