So I have been contemplating where I wanted to take you on our first health and wellness adventure. Well it hit me when I was checking my Facebook. I found this video and article on the addiction of social media/technology and I though “Yep jackpot!” So off we go……
We always talk about drug, tobacco, or alcohol addiction but we never really talk about the severity of being addicted to social media/technology. Well it turns out that studies have shown social media and technology have the makings to also be a serious addiction.
Addiction by definition is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. What happens in the brain is the feel good chemical DOPAMINE and other neurotransmitters are released to give us a good feeling, a feeling of satisfaction and gratification. Well, once that dopamine wears off and the good feeling is gone we usually want more… so we get more.
The effects of this addiction can cause serious strain on a persons mental health regardless of the age. It has been known to cause depression, low self-esteem, lack of social skills and the lack of ability to create and keep meaningful relationships. Almost everything on social media is fabricated and makes everyone’s life look amazing if they want it to. This doesn’t show the real person and what struggles they may be facing.
My family/friends and I decided to create a rule that when we go out to dinner, the movies, the park, etc… we are not allowed to take our phones out to check social media. The only time we can use the phone while we are out together is to contact someone if needed or for an emergency. This allows us to spend uninterrupted quality time with each other and hold meaningful conversations about whatever we want. In turn it shows one another that we respect each other and want to be present in the moment not lost in the internet. Give it a try with your family and friends! It might surprise you what you will learn about each other and the meaningful relationships you may create! You could also try the game my little brother has done with his friends Pay the check. You and all your friends put your phones on the table face down and the first one to pick up their phone before all the checks arrive has to pay for everyone’s checks. You will be more incline to actually engage in meaningful conversation with everyone rather than be on your phone.
I hope you found this post adventure helpful and that you are able to finally unplug and log off to spend some good ol quality time with the ones you love!
Online Social Networking and Addiction—A Review of the Psychological Literature: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/8/9/3528/htm?hc_location=ufi