Social media is all around us, controlling so many aspects of our lives. For a lot of us, it’s a useful way to stay connected, to stay up to date on what’s going in the world. But like with all things, too much of it cannot be a good thing. This is a deep dive into the ills of social media.
Definition of ‘Social Media’: Forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos) (Source: Merriam-Webster)
Definition of ‘Addiction’: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. (Source: American Society of Addiction Medicine)
More on addiction: Over time people with addiction build up a tolerance, meaning they need larger amounts to feel the effects. (American Psychiatric Association)