These days, almost EVERYONE has some type of social media account. People even make money by using social media! I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of becoming the next YouTube sensation or the next famous blogger, but these accomplishments come with a hefty price tag: social media addiction.
I’ll be honest, I have attempted to “leave Facebook” at least four times this year, only to re-activate my page within a few days. I never noticed the void that I fill with social media until I tried to quit. It’s ROUGH!!!! The following signs of social media addiction are from my personal experience, because I’m an addict LOL.
Denial: Although I know that I’m addicted to social media, if you ask me, I will say that I’m not. I truly do believe that I could quit if I really wanted to, but in reality, I’m almost too far gone.
Checking Social Media Before Getting Out of Bed: When I wake up, the first thing that I do is look at my phone to check notifications. 80% of the time, I don’t have anything, so I get online to see what everyone has been up to while I was away. So much can happen in 8 hours LOL!
Checking Your Phone Several Times Throughout the Day: Do you ever just hit the power button to see if you missed a notification? I’m GUILTY! I once timed myself, and I check at least a few times every hour. Whew!!
Feeling Anxiety When Your Phone is Dead/Away From You: If my phone goes dead, I FREAK OUT!! I even get upset because I know I should have it on the charger when I’m not using it. If I’m in a meeting or an appointment, I’m wondering if I have any new friend requests, or if my husband has finally found me and has sent me a message to express his undying love. I can’t keep him waiting!!
You Feel Disappointed When You Put Thought Into Your Post, and No One Likes It: So many times, I’ve thought about the seemingly perfect one-line captions, only to get little to no likes. Ohhh it hurts my soul! How much of an effort is it to hit the like button?! Just like my post and keep scrolling. Ugh!
I hope the signs above will shed light on the unspoken feelings of social media addiction. It’s almost considered to be taboo to express feelings associated with this struggle. It’s real. People are living for and through social media to portray an image that doesn’t exist. Let’s try to curb the habit and actually enjoy life this year! Thanks for reading!