We cannot imagine today’s world without social media, but also social networks are unfamiliar territory where one could easily get trapped. We’re not talking just about the youngest users of social media, which are endangered, without a doubt. We’re calling you to think through the fact that social networks cause addiction and threaten our real social life.
For example, people are sitting in a restaurant with friends and every moment or two they are looking on their cell’s screen. It’s all about waiting for a like, share, new connection, or any kind of interaction from favorite social networks. People pay attention and dedicate more of their time to their “online life”, than to friends who are sitting next to them. If the wi-fi signal is bad, a person could easily become nervous and concentrate on refreshing pages, then committed to real conversation. Most of them aren’t even aware that they’re addicted.
How much time on social media leads to addiction?
Believe it or not – more than 30 minutes a day is considered to be threatening behavior for causing social media addiction!
Teens who spend more than 5 hours per day on social media are twice likely to develop addiction and depression, comparing to their mates who use networks for 1 hour a day. Average social media time for teens and young folks can be up to incredible 9 hours a day. Imagine all the useful things that could be done with all that time!
Adult social media users spend almost 2 hours a day scrolling their favorite social media. That’s almost 5 and a half years of their lifetime, in total, and we’re talking just about adults.
Interesting fact: Women are more likely to feel depressed as a consequence of too much screen time – 58% compared to men.
What is a good time limit for social media?
30 minutes a day is the maximum time person should spend on all social media platforms, not each individually. That amount of time should be constantly monitored so it wouldn’t lead to any health issues.
Also, a person should dig deeper into the reasons why is spending so much time on social media. Many people use networks to bond with family and friends, or for shopping. Those activities should be replaced with healthier alternatives – real meetings with people you love, walks, physical activities, etc.
What happens if you’re on social media for too long?
3.1 billion people are registered members of social media. It’s estimated that over 210 million of them suffer from some kind of internet or social media addiction.
Surfing social media in the human body releases dopamine (a neurotransmitter that sends signals to the brain for feelings of satisfaction, motivation, and emotions in general). As time goes on, the brain looks for more and more desired activities in order to stimulate this “pleasant response” of neurotransmitters, which necessarily leads to addiction. In particular, dopamine regulates our impulses in the pursuit of pleasure.
It has been scientifically proven that if you are addicted to social media, the work of your brain cells is similar to the work of cells of drug addicts or alcoholics. Interestingly, some research claims that this change in behavior physically changes the structure of the brain – especially the part that controls memory and that is responsible for attention, planning, and setting life priorities. People become less and less able to set priorities in their lives. In a word: social media has an advantage over real-life obligations.