Social Networking Addiction – What Future are we Breeding?

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Are we losing the art of communicating?

As the Internet has advanced over the years in technological social media, so has the ability to communicate. With these novelties has brought a whole new set of habits, vices and addictions.

Today, so many people, namely teens and young adults are becoming “addicted” to online social media.

A six-month study from China that analyzed more than 70 million tweets found rage is the emotion most likely to spread throughout social media.

Nielsen released the findings from their research and found that the average teenager sends more than 3,000 text messages per month. When you break the numbers down, that is roughly 6 texts sent per waking hour!

Almost everyone has a cell phone and are texting.

What once was a novelty has become a norm – a way of life.

In fact Nielsen reported that teens buy phones, not necessarily for “talking“, rather 43% purchased phones with the purpose of texting. Within this “Texting” most are doing their social networking.

Nancy Colier, a psychotherapist and columnist for Huff Post Addiction and Recovery, posted an interesting blog discussing the “lottery brain” – part of the brain that produces the hope and belief miracles thoughts.

This “lottery brain” is an adaptive part of the brain which inspires hope and a sense of possibility, but only when it is supported by proactive actions in one’s behavior. What this means, is that some people become obsessed, even addicted to doing something (in this case online social networking and texting) to influence outcomes in their favor. Unconsciously, these types of behaviors cause individuals to only become “hooked” but even hypnotized into doing repetitive behaviors!

The great concern is at what point does texting become normal versus compulsive, and even addictive?

When you study gambling/gaming addictions, “lottery brain” works the same way for individuals hooked on social networking and texting – they just can’t seem to stop, or can’t get enough!

The American Journal of Psychiatry asserts that texting, excessive gaming and emailing may be a form of an addiction. Their findings suggest that one may be addicted to texting if; 1) An individual has developed a tolerance to texting (need more time on going to text), 2) An individual goes through withdrawal when they aren’t able to text for periods of time, 3) One’s texting is excessive and distracting to other areas of their lives, and 4) One experiences negative repercussions as a by-product of their texting.

The problem is that too many teenagers and young adults are substituting cyber communication, for true communication that involves face to face talking, or at the very least talking over the phone.

The issue that arises from this is that individuals are compromising their ability to communicate effectively, thus there is a diminishing of non-verbal social skills – the ability to send and receive messages.

Since roughly 70% or more of communication is non-verbal, you can see where this poses a problem.

Furthermore, some are never leaving home to engage in physical meetings, rather all communication is through online social media/texting. It’s ironic that something created to enhance communication (online social networking) has actually undermined effective communication.

If you are someone who is tired of being addicted to social media and want to get your life back on track then check out this social networking addiction hypnosis session here.

Dr. Peter
Staff Writer
Free At Last Hypnosis

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