Social Media Addiction सोशल मीडिया का नशा

What is social media?

Social media is a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of virtual networks and communities. By design, social media is Internet-based and gives users quick electronic communication of content. (Source: Wikipedia)

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How many users of social media? Data speaks:

Social MediaUsers in worldUsers in India
YouTube2.291 billion225 million
WhatsApp1.6 billion390.1 million
Instagram1.386 billion180 million
Facebook/Messenger1.3 billion340 million

What is social media addiction?

Checking and scrolling through social media has become an increasingly popular activity over the last decade. Although the majority of peoples’ use of social media is non-problematic, but there is a small percentage of users that become addicted to social networking sites and engage in excessive or compulsive use.

Social media addiction is a behavioral addiction that is characterized as being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.

How to know that you are addicted to social media?

12 self evaluation questions will help you find this…

What first thing you do after getting up in the morning?

If you check your messages in social media it means you are addicted to social media.

Do you feel strong desire to open social media Apps during live classes or work?

If yes then you are addicted.

How do you feel without internet (data)? Suppose you are not able to check your messages then how would you feel?

You feel like – “I am not feeling well without social media.” If you feel uneasy and restlessness then it means you are addicted.

Do you hear buzz of incoming messages or notifications when really it didn’t?

If you hear your phone buzz, and you check with curiosity that someone sent messaged you but you find that there is no messages. It means you are addicted.

Do you spend lot of time thinking about social media or planning to use social media?

If yes then you are addicted.

Do you use social media to forget about your hurts or personal problems?

It shows that you are trying to heal yourself by ventilating through sharing posts in social media. It means you are addicted.

Do you try to reduce the use of social media but you could not do this?

This action tells that you already realized that you are addicted or being addicted and trying to overcome but failed.

Do you neglect your own hobbies in favor of scrolling social media?

If you do so then it means you are addicted.

Do you often check performance of you post even when you are among friends and talking with them? Every five minutes, you check who liked and commented on your post?

This behavior shows that you are addicted to social media.

How do you feel when nobody liked or commented on your post? Do you feel nobody love or care about you?

If you feel left out then it means you are being addictive to social media.

Do you use social media so much that it has had a negative impact on your job or studies?

If you are spending lot of time in social media then it results low performance in your job or studies. If it is happening with you then you should understand that you are addicted to social media.

Do you check social media when you do your quiet time with God?

If you check social media messages or likes etc. during your quiet time also it means you are addicted to social media. And it is alarming- beep!  beep! Careful!

Impact of social media addiction (Source: Internet)

  • This continuous use eventually leads to multiple interpersonal problems, such as ignoring real life relationships, work or school household tasks, and bodily health, which may then worsen an individual’s unwanted moods.
  • This then causes people to engage in the social networking behavior even more as a way of relieving dysphonic mood states. When social network users repeat this cyclical pattern of relieving undesirable moods with social media use, the level of psychological craving on social media increases.
  • Low self-esteem, which may be prompted by incorrect perceptions that others’ lives are “better” than yours
  • Increased isolation and loneliness
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Onset of social anxiety disorder
  • A fear of missing out (FOMO), which can lead to even more social media usage
  • Disrupted sleep patterns, especially if you use social media right before bedtime
  • Decreased physical activity, which may affect your overall health
  • Poor grades or work performance

How to overcome social media addiction?

If you are realizing that you are addicted to social media and willing to come out of this addiction then here is good news for you… Bible tell us “Know the truth and truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). We believe that Jesus is our savior and Lord.  We need to ask forgiveness of our sins. We need to confess before God that we are addicted to social media. Now seek the divine help from God. God will help you to come out of addiction. Paul says – “Everything is permissible for me” but not everything is beneficial, “Everything is permissible for me” but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Cor 7:12) You are the temple of God therefore you should be controlled by Holy Spirit.

13 Tips will you help you to overcome social media addiction

  1. Change in thinking- Social media is gift of God to propagate His message.
  2. Consider social media as means of communication.
  3. Know importance of real relationship with people.
  4. Help others: Make real friends
  5. Weekly social media fasting
  6. Keeping mobile away in night after certain time
  7. Tell your mentor: Ask help and be accountable.
  8. Instead of sharing your feelings in social media: Call 3 friends and talk
  9. Thank God after getting up instead checking messages
  10. Go washroom without mobile
  11. Join a weekly Bible study group and involve actively.
  12. Use tools like- Digital well-being
  13. Memorize Bible verses and use verses as sword

How to help those who are willing to overcome social media addiction but don’t know how to do this?

How do you feel when you see social media addicted person? Do you feel pity or compassionate for them? Jesus felt compassionate when he saw lost people. We should have heart of Jesus to help those who are addicted to social media. I hope these ideas will help you take initiative.

10 Tips to help those who are addicted to social media

  1. Build trust and good relationship with them
  2. Bring awareness about side effect of social media
  3. Call and talk rather chat in social media
  4. Be available when they are in need
  5. Listen carefully with compassion when they share their struggles
  6. Celebrate mobile fasting together:  Weekly once
  7. Give them responsibility and help them to be busy
  8. Appreciate their efforts to overcome this addiction
  9. Accept them as they are. Do not compare and judge immediately
  10.  Give them suitable literature and Bible messages

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