Social media addiction! Wherever we turn our heads, don’t we see people lost in that virtual world? On the road, at work, at school, on the bus, at the market, at the bakery, in short, everywhere, don’t we come across people addicted to social media? Don’t we know that most people (or maybe we are one of them) check their social media accounts as soon as they open their eyes in the morning? Yes, we are all aware of how common and dangerous social media addiction has become. Or we should be. Because this addiction causes us to lose a lot of things. It affects us clearly and unequivocally negatively in a number of different ways.
Social Media Addiction
One of the biggest negative effects of Social Media Addiction on us is the waste of our time! In other words, in an age where we have to keep up with the speed of time, among all the hustle and bustle that continues like a vicious circle, we are throwing our time away. In addition, we are driven to fail in business life, we cannot perform adequately because we are constantly attracted to social media accounts. In addition to all this, we do not realize that we are missing the life that goes by while we bury our heads in those colorful screens.
Relationships are unfortunately consumed very quickly in today’s society, and in the chaos arising from the difficulties of daily life we live in, it has become almost impossible to be noticed, valued and unconditionally accepted by others. Young people judge each other by the brand of clothes they wear, friendships are determined by the money spent, but social media and especially Instagram give us our need to be accepted and liked by others with the likes received and our need to belong to a group with an increase in the number of our followers.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Snapchat and more! Channels that occupy a large place in our lives! Social media sites with dozens of different types. Yes, the virtual world has become our inseparable part, making us officially addicted.
So why is it so important to use Social Media, especially Instagram? Yes, the comments of Stanford University Professor Nir Eyal, who worked on the subject when we investigated this question, reveal the reasons for this addiction;
The temptation of being constantly in a certain moment: “For almost a century, taking pictures has become an addiction for people. This is actually due to the anxiety that if we don’t capture a moment we live in, we will lose that moment forever.”
Investments made as a user: “If you make your photos even more beautiful and upload them, your chances of being accepted in the Social Media community increase. Therefore, you can easily get the return on your investment.”
Instagram’s popularity is rapidly increasing on social media platforms, “Now we started to take pictures of things using Instagram, not according to the feature of our own phone. This pushes us even further to use Instagram more often.”
Instagram is a very powerful social network: “The reason why we have become increasingly dependent on the use of Instagram is not only to capture the moment we live in but also because we need to be included in a certain group by immersing ourselves in an artificial socialization network where we feel closer and warmer to other users with the likes we receive. In addition, the main trigger for us to constantly look at what is happening in the lives of other users is that we get bored of our daily life very quickly.
How to Get Rid of Social Media Addiction?
One has to realize that this is a problem. The easiest way to do this is to note the time spent during the day.
Mute social media notifications.
Turn off the visibility of social media notifications on the home screen on the phone.
Determine when to look at social media during the day. This should not exceed 30 minutes per day. It can be 15 minutes at noon and 15 minutes at night and be sure to turn it off when the time is up.
Communicate with someone verbally, not in writing. So if there’s something you need to talk to someone about, pick up the phone or talk face to face.
Interact with your friends more often.
Engage in sports, reading, prayer, and worship.
If you can’t get rid of this addiction despite all your efforts, you should definitely get psychological support.
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