According to Statista, 79 percent of U.S. Americans have a social media profile. Social media and internet usage is a way of life for many people in the United States. It’s not uncommon to see people holding their smartphones while walking down the street, at stores, or other outings. Many people don’t stop at occasional use. In fact, very often people become addicted thus developing the need for social media addiction treatment.
Once people become connected to social media, the draw to post and check your profile can be consuming for some people. Although technology has been helpful for most people throughout the world, it doesn’t go without its downsides.
In addition, some people need a smartphone addiction treatment program because they continually want to check their smartphone for messages, emails, social media posts, or other things.
Why is Social Media So Popular?
Social media has been evolving for the last decade or so. LinkedIn was one of the early social media sites that are still around today. Facebook was one of the most visited early sites. Launching in 2004, it was the top visited site in 2008, and today it ranks as number three in popularity among social media sites. Other frequently visited social media sites include YouTube, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Of course, there are many more; these are just some of the more well-known ones.
So, what makes people so drawn to social media? Some researchers think that certain types of people are more prone to using social media habitually. People who tend to use it more extensively might:
- Report feeling loneliness
- Have an addictive personality
- Struggle with ADHD symptoms
- Be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder
- Struggle with depression
Of course, others who don’t fit this description may fall into the lure of using social media habitually, as well. The popularity of social media comes from its ability to connect people of all places and times in one setting and allow them to have a giant conversation. An unknown person may receive worldwide attention by one post or video that goes “viral.”
The interaction and sometimes connection with strangers is another part of the attraction of social media. Then, too, you never know when someone famous may comment on your post (that is if you have built up a large following). Either way, people crave the attention and validation that social media provides. When social media use becomes a problem, evidence-based addiction therapies can help you regain control.
How Do People Become Addicted to Social Media?
It’s easy to see how people could become addicted to social media. Researchers indicate that people look for the “likes” because it provides them with a psychological reward. These “likes” release endorphins in the brain. Over time, the brain begins to crave these endorphins and creates agitation or anxiety when they are not provided. A process addiction treatment program, for social media use or other programs, works to rewire the brain’s reward cycle so you can make healthier choices.
Social media use also validates them personally. People have the urge to look at their smartphone to see how many responses they are getting from their post. The habitual checking on their posts is labeled as fear of missing out (FOMO).
At a social media addiction treatment center, professionals will help people go through a detoxing process little by little, so they can reconnect with people in real life —not just electronically.
Finding Social Media Addiction Treatment
At AspenRidge Recovery, our goal is to welcome you in as part of the family. Our serene Rocky Mountain setting provides a lovely backdrop to begin your healing journey. In all programs at our addiction rehab, we implement evidence-based therapies that have been proven to help with addiction.
A few therapies that you might encounter during treatment include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
- Neurofeedback Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Don’t let addiction control your life. You can overcome your addiction by going to a social media addiction treatment quality drug rehab. Contact AspenRidge Recovery for insurance verification at 866.977.8625, and begin the path to a healthy and vibrant new you.