Are You Addicted to Social Media?

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After enjoying #hooked, I asked if Dr. Jantz would be willing to share with us some signs of social media addiction. He shared the questions below. Enjoy!

Are You Addicted To Social Media?

Technology should simplify things, making it easier to control our busy, over-scheduled lives. Unfortunately, addiction complicates things, and social media is no exception. If you answer “yes” to any or all of the following questions, you may be addicted, which means social media is controlling you.

1) Importance: How important has social media become to your sense of self and the way you live your life?

- Is logging onto Facebook, or other social media sites, the first thing you think about and/or do when you wake up in the morning?

- Do you feel like you have somehow failed or fallen short if you don’t post updates, or comment on other people’s updates, at least once a day?

- When you are out with friends or family, traveling, or engaged in other recreational activities, do you feel more focused on what you’re going to post about the experience than actually enjoying it?

2) Reward response: Does doing it make you feel better, more in control, and does not doing it make you feel worse?

- Do you watch and wait for responses to your posts, more fulfilled with every new comment you get, or disappointed and anxious about posts that get little or not response at all?

- Does getting a positive response (i.e., reward) feed the need to post even more?

- Does getting a negative response, or none at all, leave you feeling less-than, feeding the need to post again in hopes you will get the reward you want?

3) Prevalence: Do you find yourself doing it more often and for longer periods of time than you originally planned?

- Do you lose track of time on Facebook and other social media sites?

- Do you find yourself checking in on your social media sites every time you have a lull in your schedule or conversation?

- Do you feel guilty for all frequency and length of time you’re spending on social media, but find yourself unable to stop?

4) Cessation: Do you feel anxious or uncomfortable if you cannot do it or if you just think about not doing it?

- Is it difficult for you to imagine decreasing the number of times you post or check in on your social media sites? For instance, if you normally post three times a day, does it feel possible for you to post only once?

- Do you feel as though you would be somehow incomplete or disconnected from the world if you were to go a week, or even a day, without logging on?

5) Disruption: Has doing it disrupted your life and your relationships, causing interpersonal or personal conflicts over what you’re doing?

- Is social media distracting from time you should be spending on work?

- Is social media distracting from time you should be spending with family and/or friends?

- Do you find yourself preferring to engage with people online instead talking to the friends or family sitting next to you in the car or at the dinner table?

- Have your posts, or the posts of others, revealed personal information, thoughts or feelings that have caused pain and/or damaged relationships?

6) Reverting: Do you often say to yourself you’re going to do something different but then turn around and keep doing the same thing or doing it even more?

- Have you tried unsuccessfully to decrease the number of times you check or post to your Facebook, or other social media sites?

- Do you feel ashamed for your seeming inability to cut back on your social media use, further fueling your need for “reward response” (i.e., engaging even more so as to start feeling better about yourself)?

These questions were provided by Dr. Gregory Jantz, author of #hooked and founder of aplaceofhope.com.

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Comments

  1. Well, this makes me a feel a bit better that I am not an addict! haha

  2. I have to admit, I do fall under some of the addict categories, however, I’m not addicted. I think there are a lot of conditions that need to be applied and can’t be so black and white. A lot of gray area. But this is a great starting point article! It’s scary how so many people do become addicted to things like facebook and video games.

  3. i fit some of those categories. sometimes we need a little reminder!

  4. Hmm … I’m only addicted to one, does that make it any better??? Just kidding, I think I use it well within reason, boring waits at the doctors office, when I wake up and check how many notifications I have. It is so easy to use it as a tool, I saw a couple facebooking each other instead of talking while out to dinner… Also, stopping by from the blog hop :)

  5. Trisha McKee says:

    An interesting read and something to think about. When I am busy and out, I have no problem staying away from social media. But when it’s available… perhaps I’m a bit addicted.

  6. heather holmberg says:

    I too, spend all my time on it while I am home . .yet when I am at work, out shopping or with friends I do not think about it at all !

  7. Danielle Papsis says:

    Interesting post/article… I fit into some of these, but I don’t think it’s too serious ;)

  8. These questions really made me think! I have a habit of logging into Facebook first thing or sitting on it for hours knowing there isn’t anything on it that’s relevant to what I need to be doing lol.

  9. Gail Panacci says:

    I seemed to have found a balance, focusing on family on the wknds, and evenings for giveaways/deal-hunting mostly thru email & social media outlets.

  10. Tara @momtwomonkeys says:

    I fit into some of those categories when it is available when I am at home (and it’s too hot like now to do anything) but I can walk away.

  11. Is there a Social Media Annonymous? I might need to join.

  12. Uh oh. Guilty as charged.
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  13. Ambrielle Bender says:

    I would say some of them are true for myself but not all…. I do know when to put it down, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it :/ lol

  14. moonsword says:

    Happy to say I haven’t become addicted. I’d much rather walk over and visit a friend than visit her facebook page. Hard to hug a page. ;)

  15. Facebook. If my husband had his way, he’d throw the computers out the window. Its a bad… err… habit? I do get more done around home on my days off when I’m without FB. I won’t sign up for Twitter…

  16. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I am some of these, more for giveaways than anything. I hate when people post every thing they are doing, I usually hide all their posts.

  17. Patricia Mohl says:

    Besides Facebook I have now joined Twitter and Pinterest I do have my days and have my days and pull back a bit.

  18. Tiffany Kinney says:

    My daughter is def. addicted!!!

  19. I think I am pretty balanced with social media, but this was an interesting read. Thanks!

  20. jodi bradshaw says:

    i fall under some of these but it doesnt help that computers are everywhere and internet is hooked up on my phone haha

  21. Karen Novl says:

    I am online most of the time, but that doesn’t mean that I am an addict.. :)

  22. Facebook and youtube, to that I am addicted… ;)

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