Social Media Addiction... Are You Addicted?

Social Media Addiction refers to spending too much time on Social Networks, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or any of the other platforms or apps that are trending or prevalent in Social Media today.

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  1. You may think, “I’m not addicted, I can quit anytime!” Do you have more friend's on Facebook than you do real friends? Do you spend more time on twitter than you do in sunlight?  Do you spend more time on Instagram than interacting with a real person? (Husain, 2013)


     If you answered yes to any of these questions, then something must be done, maybe it's time for an intervention!


    Check out this spoof video, created by Coca-Cola's Middle Eastern Division, a funny take on the Social Media Addiction issue and how to deal with it.
  2. Here is another video on social media addiction and possibly a more logical, albeit less humourous discussion....
  3. Is social media addictive?
  4. Why the  increase in the amount of Social Media Addiction today?


    The amount of people that own mobile devices and the fact that they do not leave their houses without them, are two of the contributing factors as to why social media addiction is on the rise. (theStar, 2014)  I know that I feel lost if I arrive at work only to find that I have forgotten my phone on the counter at home. I am left wondering and anticipating what kind of messages I am missing and who is trying to contact me.


    Based on results from an online survey of 1,000 Canadian adults conducted earlier this year, the report estimates that 56 per cent of the population uses a smartphone, up from 33 per cent in early 2012.

    About eight in 10 smartphone owners said they don’t leave home without their mobile device, just over half logged on to social media with their phones daily, and 35 per cent said they would give up their TV before their cellphone. (theStar, 2014).

  5. My father, is from the 'Lucky Few' or 'Silent Generation" which occurred just before the baby boomer generation. He refers to Facebook as 'Faceplant' or 'Crackbook' because to him it appears that people are addicted to it. I tend to agree. Social Media can be very addictive if you let it and it's such a time waster. I know I'm addicted because the more I check my feeds, status updates, or new tweets, the more I want to look at them and uncover what my 'friends' are up to.  At least I am admitting my addiction, that's the first step right?

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