Addiction of social mediaA habit which when starts interfering with daily activities and starts exerting negative effects becomes an addiction. Spending too much time on social media sites like Facebook, WhatsApp, twitter etc is also an addiction. Today usage has become so excessive and heavy that it is interfering with many aspects of life. This is the reason that it has become a subject of discussion. Medically however, its excessive use is not categorized under any disease or disorder.
In this sort of addiction, individuals are compelled to use social networking sites more than required. They regularly check status updates, stalk others profiles, read random tweets and comments from known or even from strangers etc. It has become such a damaging act that it has started hampering other activities. This kind of craving is stronger and is affecting more number of individuals when compared with individuals suffering from alcohol and tobacco addictions. Social networking companies work hard to make their sites as addictive as possible to increase the number of users on their sites.
Following are the signs which demonstrate that an individual is obsessed with social networking sites and suffer from an addiction. Urge increases to be on social sites as much as possible, irrespective of whether an individual has some spared time for it or not. One wants to check each and every update, each and every post etc. This kind of checking is done every few minutes and some even prefer to leave pages of such social networking sites open in background so that they can use them every now and then. Usage increases to such an extent that an individual even go to such sites in-between non-interactions. An individual becomes preoccupied with checking and responding on such sites. This in turn will lead to over sharing. This kind of over sharing will then bring regrets as sometimes individual tends to share all such things which need not be shared. When an individual do not get to use such sites, he becomes stressed and annoyed. Sometimes there may be problem with networks, devices or sites itself. This kind of withdrawal which if experienced even for few minutes will make him depressed and sad.
Though addiction of social media may not sound very serious, but if looked deeper then one can analyze that it is way beyond than our imagination.
This is an entry for TOW contest of the week- Addiction.