This Is How Social Media Is Made To Be Addicting
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This Is How Social Media Is Made To Be Addicting

Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin. It’s pretty hard to tell me and Triangle
Bob apart when you zoom in on our heads. Ya know cause our animator didn’t give us
faces! You humans are quite a bit different though! You have so many awesome facial features that
really set you apart. So much so, that you even made an online book
of all your faces! It actually seems like many of you spend a
lot of time on there. Does that mean you’re addicted to Facebook
and social media? Let’s find out! We should probably start by seeing how much
time people spend on social platforms. After looking at a few different sources,
it seems like the average person spends about two hours a day on social media. Over your lifetime, this could add up to about
5 years! According to one study, those two hours a
day are mostly spent on sites like Facebook and YouTube, averaging about an hour and 15
minutes between them. Hopefully they’re watching Life Noggin! Twitter didn’t get as much love, averaging
only about a minute a day. That all seems like a lot of time, but does
that mean it’s an addiction? Well, according to the American Psychiatric
Association, addiction is a complex condition of the brain where a person has compulsive
substance use despite there being harmful consequences. People with addiction tend to have an intense
focus on what they’re addicted to, to the point where it takes over their life. What makes it so hard to break an addiction
is that it can change the way your brain is wired, giving you harsh cravings that make
it difficult to stop. Studies of brain imaging have even shown changes
in areas of the brain that relate to judgement, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior
control. So is this what’s happening with Facebook
and social media? It’s hard to say for sure. Social media is so new, that it’s difficult
to compare it to the substances that we usually include when talking about addiction, like
alcohol and tobacco. That being said, we /are/ starting to give
more credit to an addiction that might be pretty similar: video games. That’s because the American Psychiatric
Association includes Internet Gaming Disorders as disorders that requires further research,
but that can result in clinically significant impairment or distress. In the past year, the World Health Organisation
has also added Gaming disorders to their International Classification of Diseases, which is used
by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions. The World Health Organization’s classification
is a bit more decisive than the one from the American Psychiatric Association, but both
give credit to video game disorders being a real problem. Now, online video games are obviously not
the same as a site like Facebook, yet they do have similar social aspects. It’s possible that in the future we’ll
see health organizations also classifying social media as a type of addiction or disorder. Still, sites like Facebook do have quite a
few qualities that make you want to come back to them. Through constant feeds and giving you push
notifications on your phone, social media sites try their best to keep you on their
app or website. Google and Facebook further their reach by
also being commonly used to sign into other sites. Social media sites also seem to have a significant
impact on how you feel, furthering your connection to them. According to a recent study, after removing
positive posts from the feeds of over 680,000 Facebook users, people made less positive
posts and more negative ones. When negative posts were removed from their
feeds, the opposite happened, suggesting that emotions can be contagious. No matter what, whether something is an official
addiction or not, that doesn’t mean that it won’t have problems. If you feel like you’re spending too much
time on social media or that it’s taking away from areas of your life, then it might
be a good idea to use it less or take a break. So how much time do you spend on social media? Do you think you’re addicted to it? Let me know in the comments below!

100 thoughts on “This Is How Social Media Is Made To Be Addicting

  1. Well, I don't use Social Media that much, according to my math… 50 minutes of Facebook per year… Because, I hate notifications… And having Facebook forcing me to add strangers to my phone… It just gets sightly annoying…

  2. I quit reddit today, Facebook and Twitter earlier in the year. Iโ€™ve been getting so much stuff done. Every time I reach for my phone and find the apps missing, I wind up tidying a room, cleaning the kitchen. I have so much spare time now, itโ€™s great.

  3. Iโ€™m over here spending all day long in social media but it doesnโ€™t keep me down on my works at least ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I spend mainly 2 or 3 hours a day on Youtube But on my kids Facebook called Popjam (go follow EnderGamerTV246 thats me) I spend like 30 minutes a day on Popjam btw I LOVE YOUR VIDS IM GOING TO BE SMARTER THEN TEACHER BECAUSE OF YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

  5. everyone say today kids are addicted to their phone but im addicted to my computer why i need this small bricky thing that lag more than my computer

  6. I spent 10 hours of YouTube, Instagram, twitter, video games, sitting, Facebook, twitch, and spotify.

  7. I'm not religious. But … this reminds me of what the Hebrew Bible says in the book of Daniel, where it states in the last days "knowledge shall increase" – not wisdom, not love, not virtue!

    Those who are ATTACHED to smart phones, social media, facebook, and screens, will negatively be impacted physically, mentally, socially, financially, and SPIRITUALLY!

    For how in the world can you love the world if you are not PRESENT and ATTENTIVE enough to even notice how people feel and what's happening around you ???ย  Everyday, I see in public, folks and children with phones walking like zoombies lost in a mind-world!ย  Nobody hardly greets you and say hello like they use to!ย  ๐Ÿ˜

    From Noahide,

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  9. I think all the kids in my school are addicted to online stuff. ( including my friends ) But I got blamed for not having them!! This is getting too addicted…O_O

  10. I have spent as much as 8 to 10 hours a day on Instagram….even being up at 3 am on Facebook. When I decided to go off social media about 2 or 3 weeks ago, a friend asked me if I'm sure I want to give up Instagram and Facebook. 2 months ago, I left Facebook, and somebody texted me on my phone that everybody misses me on Facebook… and I hardly got any likes or comments when I posted. And my counselor tells me "everything is good in moderation"…. When it comes to Facebook Instagram and Twitter, I can't do moderation….so, cold turkey for me

  11. I barely spend 30 minutes on YouTube. Like or reply if you have broken away from social media

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