Social Media Obsession and Anxiety
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you are not capable to access social media
- Spending over six hours per day on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Overwhelming need to share things with others on social media sites
- Having your phone with you 24 hours a day to check your social media sites
- Using social media more often than you planned
- Severe nervousness or anxiety when you are not capable to check your notifications
- Interrupting conversations to check your social media accounts
- Lying to others about how much time you spend on social media
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Trying to stop or reduce your use of social media more than once before without being successful
- Loss of interest in other actions
- Neglecting work or school to comment on Facebook or Twitter account
- Negative impacts in your personal or professional life due to social media usage
Overall, about 30% of those who use social media spend more than 15 hours per week online. This can greatly decrease your capability to enjoy real life. It can also cost you relationships, jobs, and an education if you spend too much time online. If you are spending several hours a day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you are not going to have enough time to work, study, or spend time with loved ones. You may have social media anxiety disorder and it can also affect your health, both physically and mentally.
Physical Risks of Social Media Addiction
Spending too much time online has been proven to reason illnesses such as eye strain, neck pain, and lower back problems. In addition, the sedentary way we sit around and “talk” to people on Facebook can reason physical illnesses such as obesity, heart disease, nutrition problems, and a risk of stroke and certain kinds of cancers.
Mental Health Issues Caused by Social Media Addiction
Researchers have found that using social media obsessively reason more than just anxiety. In fact, testing has found that using too much internet can reason depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), impulsive disorder, problems with mental functioning, paranoia, and loneliness. It is more than just the pressure of sharing things with others; it is also about how you may be comparing your life with others you see on social media.