Social media addiction

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Social media addiction

Social media addiction is a proposed diagnosis related to overuse of social media, similar to Internet addiction and other forms of digital media overuse.[1]

A psychological review published in 2016 stated that "studies have also suggested a link between innate basic psychological needs and social network site addiction." "Social network site users seek feedback, and they get it from hundreds of people—instantly. It could be argued that the platforms are designed to get users “hooked”."[2]

As awareness of these issues developed, many technology and medical communities continued to work together to develop novel solutions. Apple Inc purchased a third party application and then incorporated it as "screen time", promoting it as an integral part of iOS 12.[3] A German technology startup developed an Android phone specifically designed for efficiency and minimizing screen time.[4] News Corp reported multiple strategies for minimizing screen time.[5] Facebook and Instagram announced "new tools" that they consider may assist with addiction to their products.[6]


  1. ^ * Griffiths, Mark; Kuss, Daria; Kuss, Daria J.; Griffiths, Mark D. (17 March 2017). "Social Networking Sites and Addiction: Ten Lessons Learned". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (3): 311. doi:10.3390/ijerph14030311. PMC 5369147. PMID 28304359.
  2. ^ Andreassen, Cecilie Schou (2015-06-01). "Online Social Network Site Addiction: A Comprehensive Review". Current Addiction Reports. 2 (2): 175–184. doi:10.1007/s40429-015-0056-9. ISSN 2196-2952.
  3. ^ Ceres, Pia (2018-09-25). "How to Use Apple's Screen Time Controls on iOS 12". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  4. ^ "The Blloc Zero 18 is a minimalist's smartphone with some great ideas". Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  5. ^ "Phone addiction: Apple, Google, YouTube screen management tools". Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  6. ^ Booth, Callum (2018-08-01). "Facebook and Instagram officially announce new tools to fight social media addiction". The Next Web. Retrieved 2018-12-19.