The Truth About Teen Social Media Addiction

Experts have found a correlation between increased social media usage and depression and anxiety, especially in teens.

Debate Continues Over Social Media Addiction

One psychologist says that "Likes" and comments activate the same reward system in the brain as cocaine use.

As medical professionals and researchers continue to debate whether there is a clinical definition for social media or internet addiction, some experts say that swiping, "liking" and commenting can be just as addictive as cocaine and opioids.

Dr. Tara Emrani, a psychologist at New York University Langone Health, told Fox News that social media interactions can release dopamine in the brain, activating the same reward system as addictive drugs.

Social media related depression

Addiction to social media often leads to personality disorders, inferiority complex and extreme depression.
Do you feel jealous when you see your peers post pictures of their “good things in life” on social media? Are you depressed that you “have nothing to boast about” even once in a while? Is it causing anxiety that you are still struggling?

Social media addiction

When we think of addicts, the picture that normally comes to mind is that of a gaunt man or woman, huddled in a corner, trying desperately to get his/her next fix of heroin.

But addiction isn’t just about substance abuse. If a person engages in an activity (gambling, for instance) to the point where it becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life, then as per Psychology Today, that too counts as addiction.


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