Checking and scrolling on social media can be a lot of fun, but what happens when a past-time becomes an addiction? It’s not always easy to recognize a true addiction, especially when the behavior is one that almost everyone is engaged in. Read about the signs of a social media addiction online at Omega Recovery; visit Tech Addiction> Social Media Addiction Treatment to learn more about compulsive behavior involving technology. If you think you or someone close to you has become addicted to social media, we can answer your questions about treatment when you call 512-647-2685.
Q: Why is social media so addictive?
A: Because of the positive reinforcement that comes from likes and shares, it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking responses to posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms. When checking for likes turns into an addiction, you may need to limit screen time or get help from an outside source.
Q: How does Facebook addiction treatment work?
A: Omega Recovery’s 8-week program is designed to do more than just pull the plug on technology. Treatment for social media addiction addresses the underlying compulsive behaviors that lead to an addiction. You can read more about the programs we use to help our clients get their lives back on track and find a health balance on social media.
Q: What are some of the signs of social media addiction?
A: While you may have an inclination that you’re spending too much time checking and scrolling posts, there are a few additional signs that you can look for in your own behavior or in someone else’s actions:
- Checking social media first thing upon waking
- Allowing social media to interfere with your work day
- Anxiety when you’re unable to log-in or check your account
- Spending too much time planning your posts
- Constantly checking likes
Q: What’s wrong with engaging on social media platforms?
A: While nothing is inherently ‘wrong’ with engaging on social media, spending too much time posting and checking posts can have a negative impact on many different areas of your life. Virtual friends cannot provide human contact in the same way as real people around you. A healthy life is one that is characterized by spending more time with real friends than cyber friends.
Q: Do I have to check-in to a rehab to get help for a social media addiction?
A: Recovery specialists recommend outpatient treatment for tech addictions; Omega Recovery’s 8-week program is offered in an outpatient atmosphere that is flexible and geared toward your schedule.
Q: Is a social media addiction treatable?
A: All tech addictions are treatable with the right program and a positive mindset. At Omega Recovery, we feel the best way to treat a technology addiction is by addressing the root cause of the addiction. Patients with mental illness are more prone to addictions and to relapse after treatment. Our recovery experts have access to unsurpassed techniques and treatments that can help you find a healthy way to engage on social media.