Social Media Addiction

Many ITAA members discover they have a problem with social media. Here are some questions to help you understand if this is true for you. Feel free to substitute the words social media, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with whatever particular social media site is most problematic to you,

  1. If you go someplace new, do you feel an uncontrollable urge to document it on social media?
  2. Do you always photograph certain activities for social media, such as your meals or workouts?
  3. When around friends, are you constantly picking up your phone or checking your computer to post about what is happening or to check to see what is happening to other people?
  4. Do you spend more time reading about other people’s fun activities, or posting about your own fun activities, then you do actually spending time on your own fun activities?
  5. Do you spend more time posing for or editing the perfect picture of how you are achieving your goals (such as fitness) than you do working towards your goals?
  6. Do you intend to just briefly check your Facebook or Instagram feed and then look up to discover hours have passed?
  7. Do you intend to go on social media for something specific, and then realize later that you have spent most of your time watching videos, photos, memes or humor that you weren’t intending to and weren’t related to what you are intending to accomplish in life? While having fun is a valid goal in life, and brief breaks can help you be more productive, having fun when you needed to be driving to work, or studying for an exam is hurting what you need to accomplish.
  8. Do you find yourself following attractive or important people on social media to make up for your lack of connection in real life?
  9. Do you spend a lot of time interacting with people on the Internet that you are too awkward to talk to in person?
  10. Are you present and engaged when you are around people you say you value and that you enjoy their company?