Technological changes are moving at a dizzying pace, and society does not assimilate them with the same speed. Social media is a powerful tool for which users are not yet trained enough to use and integrate into their everyday lives.
A study by the Chicago Booth School of Business pointed out, five years ago, that Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks have a greater capacity for addiction than tobacco or alcohol because, among other things, access to them is easy and free.
The fact is that the use of networks can generate serious personal problems and addictions with their consequent consequences of anxiety, depression, irritability, isolation, alienation from real life and family relationships, loss of control, etc.
Among the most recognized causes of social-media addiction are low self-esteem, personal dissatisfaction, depression or hyperactivity, and even lack of affection, a lack that adolescents often try to fill with famous likes. The majority profile of the addict is that of a young man aged between 16 and 24. Adolescents are the most at risk of falling into the addition, according to experts, for three fundamental reasons: Their tendency to impulsivity, the need to have a broad and expansive social influence, and finally the need to reaffirm group identity.
As with all addictions, preventing is easier than curing, so we encourage you to lose your cell phone at key times of the day such as breakfast, lunch or dinner and disable automatic notifications.
Let’s share our time with reality and the people around us and leave the virtual environments to connect when we really need it, both in our work and play, when we want to abstract and seek some relaxation, information or rest.