DEFINITION OFSOCIAL MEDIA
Social Media are websites and
applications that enable users to
create and share content or to
participate in social networking.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION
Social media addiction is defined as
compulsive and excessive use of
social media even when use of those
platforms is taking over your life and
having a negative effect on your
‘real life’ and relationships
Checking your phone constantly for
Facebook or Twitter notifications is
a sure sign that you may be suffering
from social media addiction. Feeling
in a low mood when you do not have
access to social media and spending
more time broadcasting your activities
on social media than actually spending
time carrying out those activities, are
also danger signs.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Set boundaries around the time when you access your social media accounts. Turn off ‘push’ notifications so your social media use doesn’t impact on your day-to-day life. Go for a walk. Keep laptops, tablets and all social media-enabled devices out of your bedroom to avoid the temptation to check social media last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
Using social media mindlessly is feeding your addiction so invest some time in walking outside, exercising, reading a book or newspaper, or spending time with your friends.