Social media, if used correctly, can build connections, strengthen relationships and encourage community participation. Social media, if used in a balanced and positive way, can bring many benefits.

However, in recent years, many parents, advocates and policymakers have expressed concerns about the potential negative impact of excessive social media use. It is a problem that can affect all ages from teenagers to adults.

Access to social media on mobile phones in particular, and the numerous platforms popular with different age groups, has led to it becoming a vital way in which we communicate with friends and family. It has also led to a surge in online businesses and services. However, cyberbullying, harassment and feelings of insecurity have emerged, and this has led to a significant rise in related mental health issues, especially in youngsters.

Social media addiction

Excessive use of social media has been referred to as behavioral addiction, which is defined as the inability to avoid being online to the point where it impacts other areas of your life, including relationships, emotions, social life, school, etc.

Some signs that may indicate that you are addicted to social media:

  • It’s the first and last thing you do in the morning when you wake up and when you go to sleep;
  • Neglect of personal and professional life;
  • Feels anxious when you have no access to social media;
  • You check your phone frequently for any social media notifications;
  • Being unable to complete necessary tasks for work or school due to spending too much time on social media.

Social media is designed to be addicting, but it doesn’t have to be. If the use of social media has taken a toll on your day-to-day life and you are having difficulties dealing with this experience, know that at Oval Medical Centre our team of doctors and psychologist can help you find the right balance to use social media.

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