Addiction to Facebook and much more….
Modern day life can be very busy, demanding and exhausting. We live in the ‘age of interruption’ with information overload. The dramatic escalation of technology in recent years has created new addictions, dependencies and disorders including an addiction to Facebook, Twitter and other social media addictions and problems. Without a doubt technology has transformed our lives for the better in so many ways. Can you even remember having to line up at the bank to pay your bills? Or using 1 precious pack of film with your clunky camera to cover your summer holiday rather than firing off dozens of photos on your smart phone every day without a thought? Or travelling overseas and having to communicate with loved ones back home via telegram or expensive collect call rather than email, Skype or Facebook?
Technology enhances, enriches and literally saves lives every day. It also has the potential to distract, sap and overtake our lives if we let it. Our lives are now so mobile-driven and ‘mediatised’ that we are constantly reminded of what we don’t yet have but want. It’s taken FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) to a whole new level that can never be satiated if we buy into the frenzy. As uncertainty escalates in our rapidly changing society, people are also drawn to the ability to represent their lives in a more controlled way than their lives are in reality. People only tend to post the attractive ‘idealised’ photos on Instagram for instance rather than a selfie of themselves being ill or after fighting with their partner or binge eating a whole packet of biscuits.
People with an addition to Facebook are now suffering from mental, emotional and physical challenges including cognitive fatigue, memory loss, cyber bullying and Continuous Partial Attention Syndrome (PAS). PAS is when we’re connected to so many different media and information inputs during the day that we elude ourselves into thinking we’re actually being busy or productive rather than distracted, overwhelmed and off-task. This ‘screen sucking phenomena’ is a significant shift in how we live our lives. It is said the average person checks their phone every 7 minutes, with many of us checking one of our devices first thing in the morning and last thing at night and literally hundreds of times in between meaning that we simply aren’t focussing and working effectively.
Anxiety, procrastination, sleep disturbance, anger and control issues, envy, restlessness, shame and guilt are just some of the symptoms that can occur from an addiction to Facebook or other social media formats.
And a social media addiction is just like any other addiction or dependency in regards to the underlying problems whether it be alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, spending, OCD, sugar, chocolate, junk food, comfort eating, nail biting…Whilst they are all very different addictions they are all painful symptoms of experiencing lack in some way, having an unbalanced positive association to something or of having poor coping or self-regulation skills.
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