The twenty-first century has brought with it various novelties in the digital world, and one of them is certainly social networks, which are popular and numerous today.
It is almost impossible to find a person on the planet who does not know about at least one social network, and there are more and more people who use them.
A large number of people start their day by scrolling through social networks and reading the latest news and events.
Research has shown that as many as 60 percent of 10,000 young people, aged 12 to 20, claim that they cannot last 24 hours without social networks.
This means that certain people enter social networks every few moments and check the news. One study showed that as much as 8.2 percent of the total population has some form of digital addiction. In addition, a large number of people feel anxious if they are not constantly online and fear that they will miss something.
A few years ago, in 2017 to be exact, a survey was conducted in the United States and Great Britain, which showed that 34 percent of respondents check their Facebook profile every 10 minutes, in order not to miss the latest events, and even 80 percent stated that they check their cell phone as soon as they wake up.
People who are addicted to social media show similar symptoms as those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Some of the signs of addiction are isolation, feelings of loneliness, depression, insomnia, headaches and many others.
However, the indicators of addiction can be different. If you notice that you pay more attention to virtual life than to real life, there is a high probability that you are addicted.
Addicts often do not live their lives in reality, but are preoccupied with presenting themselves on social networks, following people through social networks and identifying with them. Such people withdraw into themselves and often prefer to stay at home rather than go out with company. When they find themselves in a company, their topics of conversation are usually related to social networks.
When we spend a lot of time on social networks, the hormone dopamine is released in our body, which sends a signal to our brain that we are satisfied and that this activity suits us. When we enjoy a certain activity, we try to repeat that activity often and because of this, excessive use of social platforms occurs.
With all the good sides that social networks and various applications bring, such as quick and easy transfer of information, communication with people on the other side of the world, entertainment and entertainment, they can sometimes cause serious problems for their users. Therefore, you should be moderate and responsibly use social networks and other internet platforms.