Social media addiction has
become a familiar issue for our community during this globalization era. Social
media brings the meaning of websites and applications that enable users to
create and share content or to participate in social networking. Whereas addiction refers to the fact or
condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. There are
many kinds of addiction that exists, but social media addiction is one of the
addiction that is going worse day by day. Regarding to social media addiction,
there are the symptoms, impact and help to overcome this addiction.
There are a few symptoms to find out if
someone is addicted to social media. One of the symptoms is making a social
media as a first thing to do in the morning. Often, you can see that people
update their status on the media social such as Facebook telling that they just
woke up. Director of Player Health and Performance with Seattle Seahawks, Sam
Ramsden (2016) said that almost every social media addict will begin their
daily routine by slowly and pointlessly scrolling through what you have missed
on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more during your eight hours of sleep.
Social media takes over every activity is also one of the symptoms of
addiction. Have you ever experience the moment when you are watching movie
while holding your phone, you were actually on your phone while the movie is
playing? If yes, then you are one of the social media addict. Moose A (2015),
writer on Elite Daily once said that as a result the whole experience becomes
less enjoyable. It’s easy to fall into the routine of checking social media
sites whenever you have a chance, but by doing so, we tend to appreciate
reality less. Hence, making a social media as a first to do in the morning and
takes over every activity are the symptoms to social media addiction.
media can also give impact to the people. Social media can impact our physical.
People who often on social media tend to get frequent headaches, discomfort in
the eyes and may not be able to sleep properly. Anxiety UK (2012) conducted a
survey on social media use and its effects. The survey revealed that two thirds
of participants reported difficulty relaxing and sleeping after using social
medias. Other than that, relationship may be affected by social media. You can
see nowadays there are zero interaction between family or friends when they
hang out together. Everyone is more focused on their social media on their
phone than people around them. Harleena Singh (2015) said in her article,
family activity time is now replaced by endless hours of internet surfing and
chatting with people you may or may not even know that results in hardly any
kind of family bonding or interaction with the ones closest to us. Thus, social
media can give impact on physical health and on relationships.
If you are addicted to
social media, don’t worry, there are ways to help you overcome this addiction.
First thing you must do is limit yourself. To limit your time on social media,
you must set a timer on how long you should spend your time with social media.
Although it is difficult to stop when the time pass, you have to be strong and
avoid the temptation to spend more time. Avoid social media by setting a timer
to remind you when it’s time to log off ,15 minutes is a good start and if you
can’t follow the timer, get an app that will force you off (Sasha
Graffagna,2015). Furthermore, get a new hobby is another way to overcome social
media addiction. You should do something that you always want to do but don’t
have time or try learning new skill such as martial art. In fact, when you have
a hobby, you will forget to check your social media application. Having a hobby
will distract and you won’t have to be on social media to feel entertained
(Anastacia,2017). Therefore, you should have strong wills to overcome this
addiction by find alternative ways to not spend more time online.
In conclusion, we find
that someone is overwhelmed by social media by the symptoms that are happening
to them and impact in their lives and there is help on how to overcome the
addiction. Although social media important nowadays, someone should know how to
use it in an effective way as it can give negative impact to people. A person who have been addicted to social
media need to take a good look of their life and step back from this addiction.
In short, social media can be useful if you can handle it wisely.