How is the excessive use of social media explained?

When considering the concept of addiction, people usually tend to think about cigarettes, drugs, and gambling.

But an addiction can also concern the exclusive repetition of an action, having consequences on several aspects of life; emotional, professional, social, etc... This being said, the excessive use of social media, can be considered as an addiction once it takes over someone’s life, and causes alteration in their performance.

The world is witnessing new mobile applications every single day, and the need to fit in and to follow what’s trending, makes each person want to try them.

The problem starts when social media becomes the bigger part of one’s life, and the issue resides in the excessive use of these new apps. Excessive use doesn’t only mean scrolling through people’s statuses on Facebook, or liking new pictures on Instagram, but also, posting and sharing too many personal information and details about your life.

Is there a hidden meaning in this over-exposure on social media? Of course there is.

In fact, the feeling of loneliness has a lot to do with this issue. Lonely people tend to spend a lot of their time on social media to compensate this feeling, by making the contact with others easier than in real life.

Psychotherapist Gary Neuman talks about people who post too much about their relationship. A 2014, University of Toronto study showed, that couples who over-share relationship posts on Facebook, are more likely to be insecure in their relationship.

So behind all of the pictures, the statuses and the public display of affection there are a lot of problems and conflicts going on in this couple.

All of this explains how social media makes people share what is contradictory to their actual lives; every person wants to prove that they have the best life, by sharing the most beautiful pictures they have, without realizing that what they’re transmitting is an alternative truth; the embellished truth.

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