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Smartphone Addiction Epidemic is Hijacking Our Brains (and Lives)

Smartphone Addiction Epidemic is Hijacking Our Brains (and Lives)

Social media is important in many people’s lives. It is hard to find someone who does not use it in some shape or form, but the main challenge is that people have a hard time setting boundaries around smartphone use. Yet others struggle even more with with smartphone addiction which comes with challenges of its own.

Brain Hijack

There are many concerns people have regarding social media, one of them being privacy and online abuse. Incidents of cyberbullying have only increased with the creation of social media platforms which connect people together. Social media companies are under fire for not addressing these concerns sooner and also for the way they deliberately create opportunities (likes, dislikes, etc) to keep people coming back to their platforms for more interaction minute by minute, hour by hour, day after day. Research is not conclusive on whether social media addiction is ‘real,’ but you may only have to speak to a handful of people, young and old alike, to know there are negative side effects which can be found within both the brain and body. Much like drug addiction, the brain can get hijacked to crave attention from friends and potential clients while seeking more likes for posts, or hits on their pages. It becomes addiction like any other, one that is hard to cope with and one which is hard to quit.

Negative Correlation

The decrease in real life of community participation is created by the negative impact of social media. Relationship problems are another challenge, which may indicate potential addiction. Social media use and addiction are found in experiments which focus on how long people can go without using a smartphone or tablet device connected online. Research has found levels of anxiety increase, on par with people who struggle with drug withdrawal. Many people continue to enjoy using social media without addiction challenges but those who use it on a more consistent basis, even daily, are the target of researchers who believe they are more susceptible to addictive behaviors.

Whereas once the internet offered an escape from the real world, now the real world is a much-needed escape from the internet.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Many people who use social media have to weigh the costs with the benefits of overall use. While some can use it sparingly, others may struggle to contain their use to checking in here and there. More research is needed to understand the way the brain and body respond to social media and the internet, but it is definitely creating a challenge for some people unable to curb their enthusiasm for engaging online. Addiction can happen in all shapes and forms, often before a person even realizes it has happened. The truth is it can happen to anyone and the only way to stop addiction is to admit there is a problem and seek help.

Social media has many benefits. It also has drawbacks which can lead down a path of addictive behaviors. If you are struggling with internet, or another type of addiction, you are not alone. Give us a call-we will help you find what you need to get clean, sober or tech free. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964