Social Media: Are You Addicted?

Featured Image, Street Art by 123 Inspiration, (CC BY 2.0)

When was the last time you checked your Facebook notifications, or the latest newsfeed on Instagram, or even just checking in with Twitter updates?
Was it within the last 24 hours, 2 hours ago, or maybe you checked less than an hour ago! (I know that I check every hour!)

Social Media is hard to keep away from- especially when the world is now moving rapidly to Networked based communication. Everything we do is online; for work purposes, School, Uni, or even just keeping up with family and friends.
It is all through Social Media. But when is enough, enough?
Are we too consumed by Social Media that it is becoming a natural habit, or an addiction?

An article written by Leslie Walker states that ‘…addiction usually refers to compulsive behaviour that leads to negative effects. In most addictions, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school’.

One way we can determine whether we are addicted to Social Media is by keeping a short log on our online activity for a week (if you can do this!). Write down when you check your accounts, at what time, and for how long. This can be a great way to make us aware on how long we actually spend on the internet, and whether we feel it is further impacting our lives; positively or negatively. I will also complete this task, and will upload it to my blog next week for further analysis!

If that experiment feels a little tricky to do, give this online test a go. It can also broadly determine your online activity. I completed this test, and scored over 80 points, making me a ‘severe’ Social Media user. According to the online survey, being rated as severe, states that, ‘Internet usage is causing significant problems in your life. You should evaluate the impact of the Internet on your life and address the problems directly caused by your Internet usage.’ This statement seems very concerning, yet, I do not feel that Social Media is negatively impacting my life, or causing problems.
I believe that each avid Social Media user, should determine themselves whether they feel addicted, and how they would best be categorised on an addiction scale.

I am just going to leave this link here for some creative addiction illustrations…take a look! And stay put! In a week I will upload my Social Media use results; I’m interested to see your results too, so feel free to add them in the comments!

– E

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  1. Great to see you so enthusiastic in your blogging. I’m glad to see you critically engaging with that kind of online test – I’m pretty skeptical about that kind of thing myself and the kind of terminology used (addiction, severe) just reinforces moral panics. You used a great picture there, though I couldn’t find evidence of the CC licence when I checked its source out of curiosity – did I overlook something? By the way, as a little extra feedback if you’ll indulge it (kind of reward for your enthusiasm I guess? :), I didn’t realise your tweet was sharing a new blog when I first saw it (I though you were just sharing an article by this name). You might put this down to me scrolling through the hashtag too quickly, but it might point to the value of more clearly signalling in your shares when you’re putting some new content out there. Thought it worth mentioning anyway… Keep up the good work 🙂

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