Written by Emily Powers
It is no secret that social media is the modern way to communicate and one of the main platforms we use for everything we do. Despite certain benefits, if you look at social media from a mental health perspective, there are many concerns that arise.
Addiction is a combination of two things, dependency on a substance or behavior and how it negatively impacts your life. Addiction can affect your home life, work, school, economics and social relationships simultaneously. The dangers of social media are not just cyberbullying and the invasion of privacy, but the results of a 2016 Common Sense Media Report found that 50 percent of teens feel addicted to mobile devices. The aforementioned survey also showed that 69 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens check their devices hourly. Using technology to alter your mood is unhealthy and can cause mood swings. A few examples include sending out numerous texts when you feel down or turning to an iPhone game when you feel nervous. This can cause you to feel sick or even anxious when your phone is not around you.
Additionally, using your phone within an hour of bedtime leads to a poorer quality of sleep and more insomnia. Excessive phone usage also affects you when you wake up and check your phone before getting out of bed because you are reinforcing the habit for the rest of the day.
Luckily, there are many ways to break a cell phone addiction. One of the best ways to do this is by leaving your phone out of your bedroom or even just turning your phone off for a couple of hours and only using it when necessary. If you do not want to take a step as dramatic as those, you can try to turn your phone off for thirty minutes at a time or use it as an incentive to finish different tasks.