In recent years, there’s been a sporadic rise in innovation in the social media sector and a huge level of development going on. Several platforms have been developed and many more are still being churned out almost daily.
As a result of massive growth and innovation, many young people have found Social Media very useful for different reasons, but on the other hand, the use of social media has become addictive and detrimental to many users, and that’s why we’ll be looking at how to overcome social media addiction today.
A vast number of young adults over the world usually find it hard to do without being active on their Social Media accounts even for a few minutes or thereabout. Typical of youths and teens these days is their constant peeping at their phones intermittently for messages or notifications.
The amount of time typically spent on social media just scrolling, texting and doing all other sorts of unprofitable stuff by teens and young adults is very high. According to a study, teens spend a minimum of Nine (9) hours per day on social media. These hours exclude time spent surfing the net for the purpose of assignments etc. Also, the same study says that most 13-year-olds check their phone for texts and notifications a minimum of 100 times per day (see more, here).
Problems Associated with Social Media Addiction
Low Self Esteem:
A whole lot of young adults tend to compare themselves with what they see on Social Media. High-level usages of social media are becoming increasingly associated with lower self-esteem. A study was conducted of 827 university students who were asked to complete a questionnaire including the Social Media Disorder Scale along with the Single Item Self-Esteem Scale (Kircaburun, Demetrovics & Tosuntaş, 2019). 18% of the participants were disordered social media users and had significantly lower levels of self-esteem than their less active counterparts.
The study hypothesized this to be attributed to individuals compensating for real-life social relations and boredom through social media. They also noted that gathering “likes” may also be damaging to self-esteem as it is a form of seeking validation.
Inordinate Sleeping Patterns:
Most people who are addicted to the use of social media happen to use it mostly at night periods. Unfortunately, night use or nocturnal use seems to be the most detrimental according to a study on problematic sleep due to social media. People who were found to be in this category were found to have more difficulty sleeping due to increased anxiety and higher compulsion to check their device notifications at night.
The high dosage use of social media has been found to have a negative effect on people. Research conducted found out that those who use social media a lot more, had issues with their emotional relationships. Most of them had issues of trust with their partners due to stories and happenings that they come across on Social media.
How to Overcome Social Media Addiction.
Put out Conveniences:
Notifications usually give off the temptation to go through their phones. When the notifications come in, we are tempted to check it and then find ourselves going through social media for another length of time. The best way to avoid this is to put off the notifications completely so that no notification whatsoever comes in during a particular period of time.
Also, it’s advisable to put devices on “Airplane Mode.” This way, there would be no form of notification and even calls that could come in to disturb.
Apportion a Specific Time for Social Media Usage:
The discipline of apportioning time is very effective in the sense that you know you shouldn’t be anywhere near your phone when it’s not time for it. Apportioning is another way to plan your day also. This will help your brain to stay focused on whatever task you may be up to and to avoid distractions.
Admit to your Addiction:
Just like every other type of addiction, admitting that you have a problem is a great and very effective way to get over it. Admitting to it and discussing it is very effective because it helps most people with the motivation they need to overcome that addiction. Self-talk and reflection are powerful strategies for improving workplace productivity as well as those with addictions. Remind yourself that whatever activity you are doing is much more important than social media. Focus on your goals and make sure to remain present.
Have an Accountability Partner:
Having someone you’re accountable to would help. If you’re true to yourself and your accountability partner, s/he would be able to check your excesses and caution you appropriately.
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