In recent years social media has rocked the very essence of our lives. We have become so enamored with it that many of us literally reside on the social media. Have you set up house on social sites?
Think about it, how many hours are you spending on social media? What exactly do you do there? If social media were a physical place, would your social actions be productive and would you be accountable for those actions?
WWW.Medicalnewstoday.com states, “People with addictions do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs and alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such as abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless [things].”
Social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram and twitter are used to rekindle relationships, make new ones and generally keep in contact especially if distance is an issue.
There are many great advantages to using social media, such as; keeping in touch, sending, viewing and receiving a plethora of photos, videos and updates, having a nifty calendar that reminds you of important birthdays, anniversaries and events.
For me, it’s keeping in touch with family members that are overseas and reuniting connections from high school and those friends and family that you need to call, but somehow you never get a chance to. Also, creating new connections and making new friends.
Today’s virtual society is littered with nonsense info, aimless virtual wandering, and clear intrusions of privacy and somehow we become so socially confident that all lines are erased and we say and do anything as we feel fit.
I’d like to ask you to monitor the time spend browsing and scrolling for the next 2 days and tell me how many hours you spent browsing and what time was spent learning, growing, engaging, and creating connections.
Most people will rarely offend, tell-off, bully or pick a fight in person, but in the virtual world of social sites we find countless haters, confidence serial killers and the nastiest of the nasty poking their heads out, but hiding behind a screen.
Social Media is the ultimate feel good drug…it can be a destructive force …it can touch and change lives. How does it impact you? Is social media to you, like a bottle is to an alcoholic? Or does it inspire, motivate and lift your spirits?
Let’s ask a few questions to test if you have a behavioral addiction.
If you dare, leave your answers here:
(A)Never (B) rarely (C) sometimes (D) often (E) always
1. Do you find yourself thinking about who’s online and posting on social sites and how soon you can do the same?
2. For every 5 photos you take, do you post at least 1?
3. How often do you post sceneries, the world around you and positive messages?
4. How often do you post when you travel, go to a good restaurant or when you’re doing an activity?
5. How often do you rely on social media to pick you up when you’ve had a bad day or situation?
6. Does social media affect your life (school, relationships, work) and your ability to be effective, present and productive?
7. Do you find yourself browsing other people’s profile often, reading comments and replies?
8. When you post a status or photo, do you find yourself checking to see how many likes and comments you’ve received?
9. Are you worried or depressed when your photos and statuses aren’t liked or commented on?
10. Can you function without your phone or internet access for 1 day?
11. Is your confidence dependent on your social popularity?
12. Have you ever been bullied on social media?
13. Do you bully others on social media?
14. Has social media ever helped with your personal life, work or business?
Since seeing is believing; your answers will reveal whether you are an addict!
Thank you all for taking the time to complete the survey!
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