Social Networking Addiction
Jan 2014

A common form of addiction that many people are not aware of is found in the addiction to the social networking on the internet. Many people use the Internet to help them escape from unpleasant and uncomfortable feelings like depression, stress, anxiety, loneliness, and other emotions. When they have a bad day and are looking for a non-confrontational way to deal with their problems, they may turn to the internet to help them relieve their stress. In the same sense, even when someone is having a good day, they’re likely to be using the internet because they want to chat with someone online. In most cases, people develop addictions to social networking because they have emotional issues or not enough offline activities are available in their social life.

An internet addiction may reveal itself in many different ways, such as a social networking addiction. During the 90s, internet addictions were more commonly found among teenagers because the internet and its technology was just starting to become more prominent back then. Since then, technology has only continued to change and evolve, so there are now many different ways that people can become addicted to the internet. Some people become addicted to chat rooms and webcam chat sites. This is particularly common in those who are suffering from internet addictions that are based in sexual addiction genres. Some people find themselves addicted to online gambling and other related sites. There’s no limit to the types of addiction available online - many of them vary based on the individuals interests.

In most cases with social networking addictions, people become addicted to sites like Facebook and Twitter. Although it may sound strange to someone who isn’t addicted, it’s a fairly common practice. Have you ever seen someone who felt as if they needed to constantly check their Facebook while at home or even while at work? This is a variation of the condition. The individual might feel as if everything is happening online while they’re not logged in and this might pressure them to feel as if checking Facebook or Twitter is the only way that they can stay updated with what’s happening.

Other times, people develop this type of addiction for more emotional reasons. There are a lot of people in our decade that feel as if they only have ‘online friends.’ This is fine in moderation, but if the individual only focuses on online relationships, there should be some concern. Sometimes people get involved with social networking addiction because they feel as if social media and these websites are the only way that they would be able to get attention from somebody. They may turn to the internet because they’re feeling lonely or have low self-esteem, prompting them to think that only their friends online can understand them. With proper treatment and some therapy, this can be reversed and individuals can start working towards being addiction free again.


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