Social media: it’s one of today’s biggest buzzwords. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, and more continue to consume what little free time we have. It’s how we stay in contact and meet new people. Almost everyone has some sort of social media account and most check it daily, but then there are the few who live and breathe social media. That’s right, some people are what we like to call “addicted” to today’s biggest trend. How do you know, though? What is being addicted to social media like? Well. I’m here to tell you. So sit back, relax, and by the end, you’ll know if you yourself are indeed addicted to social media.
It’s Built Into Your Routine
Now, most people’s morning routines consist of getting up, brushing their teeth, etc. , but some can’t seem to start their day without their first dose of social media. They wake up in the morning and start off by checking to see if they have new notifications waiting for them. Then they make sure to check once they get to school, before each of their classes, and probably during every meal. If this is you, then you’re addicted to social media.
For most of us, our lockscreens show us important notifications like missed calls and texts. To social media addicts it shows all the tweets from their favorite celebrities and every reblog they’ve gotten since the last time they checked. Why? Well for one, it’s an easy way to catch a quick glimpse of social media without having to actually unlock you phone. There is also a certain amount of satisfaction when it comes to turning on your phone and seeing you have tons of notifications.
Writing papers and doing homework can be super boring, but it has to get done. For most, you pick a time, sit, and start working. For others, it’s ten minutes of work here and thirty minutes of Pinterest there. Somehow that homework that was supposed to take you an hour has now taken you four hours.
Tumblr addicts will know exactly what I’m talking when I say your queue can make or break you blog. You’ll spend the majority of your night making sure your queue for the next day is perfect. That way whenever you, sadly, have to be away from social media, it’ll still look like you’re on social media. There’s also the sense of panic that comes along when you realize your queue is to low and won’t make it through the next day. Now, to business and websites, the Tumblr queue can be a great way to send out content without always needing someone there to reblog it, but for the average user, it’s another way to be on social media even when you’re not.
We all have the moments where you look down at your computer screen and it’s 2 pm and when you look up again it’s 5 pm. It happens to the best of us. If this is happening every night, though, you probably have a problem. A good way to judge is by thinking about how much time you spend with actual people and how much you time you spend on social media. The time you spend with actual people should outweigh the amount of time you spend scrolling through your Twitter feed.
It’s Your Daily Conversation
One sure fire way to tell if you’re addicted to social media is by thinking about how often you say the phrase “So I saw this thing on (insert social media site here)…” When you spend the majority of your time on social media websites it’s hard not to talk about them. If that phrase comes up more than three times in a conversation, it’s safe to say that you’re addicted to social media.
By now you should be able to tell whether or not you’re addicted to social media. If you are, then what should you do? Well, you could always cut down the amount of time you spend on social media, and you can also limit the amount of accounts you have. You can also set time limits for how long you’re allowed to be on social media for one day. In reality, though is being addicted to social media really that bad? I mean, it could be worse.