Most everyone I know has some form of social media. Personally, I’ve never cared for the idea of it. However, I know that it is a big part of a lot of some peoples social lives. However, Constant use of social media can actually lead to an addiction.
An article written for addictioncenter.com by Jena Hillard outlines how social media can become a problem. In her article, she states that “as many as 5 to 10% of Americans meet the criteria for social media addiction today” (Hillard, 2019). According to her article, social media can cause dopamine to be created in the brain. And that social media has the same effect on your brain that gambling does. Which is why it is possible to become addicted to it (Hillard, 2019).
There are other problems that can be associated with social media, as well. In her article, Hilliard (2019), also outlines that using social media can negatively impact how you see your self and your mental health. She also states that frequent social media use can “increase the risk of developing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression” (Hillard, 2019).
Hillard (2019) states that social media addiction is more common in younger people. Younger people who use social media often are more at risk of developing self-image issues and being depressed. Bullying via social media has caused an uptick in suicides of young adults (Hillard, 2019).
While social media is great in theory, it can cause some problems. While very few of us fit the bill of being addicted to social media. Maybe every now and again, we should consider what we are posting and if it could possibly hurt someone’s feelings. I think a lot of problems and anxiety that stem from social media could be avoided if everyone would think before they post.
Hilliard, Jena. (2019, August 22). Social Media Addiction. Retrieved from addiction center