If you think social media is addicting, you’ve got it right.
Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, Pinterest, Tumblr, or WordPress account? How many times a day do you check your social media accounts? How many times in a day do you make a new post? While we can go on with 21-questions, social media is attached to us like a second skin. Maybe not for all but social media addiction is very real according to researchers at the University of Chicago. Are you addicted?
Social Media Addiction
A University of Chicago study on social media addiction used sample size of 205 individuals ages 18 to 25 to see how addicting social media can be. Each participant was given a Blackberry and prompted seven times a day for over a week about feeling urges.
Researches recorded more than 7,000 desire episodes. But not desires for sex or alcohol but the need to log onto social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Their social media urges topped the desire for sex, alcohol, and cigarettes.
The study concludes that avid social media users find it easier to justify stalking their timelines than having a drink before happy hour. Why? Their addiction is harmless compared to that of alcohol and tobacco use. While this may be true, a writer at the Atlantic Wire said it just can’t be that serious. Social media is “less fun and more addictive” but if drinking came with no consequences, there would sure be more of that going around.
The Hour and their 5 Steps to Beating Social Media Addiction and Forbes were two to poke fun at the study while a staff member at the Gawker thinks it is something worth researching further. When a person withdraws from the world based on updating 160 characters on Twitter or likes on Facebook, that is an interesting but huge problem.
So, again, are you addicted?