Technology Addiction – Three Signs of an Insta Addict

The digital world has so many advantages, but it can lead to negative consequences as well. One potential problem is the danger of technology addiction. This article will cover the subject in further detail to help you identify it through common signs.

  1. Social media is the first and last thing you check

Enjoying social media doesn’t necessarily mean you are addicted to it. For instance, if it’s merely something you check now and again, it’s unlikely you have a significant problem. However, think about how much of a priority it is.

When you wake in the morning, what do you do first? If it’s to check your Facebook or Instagram account, then that’s a possible sign of a problem. Further indications that you could be addicted is when social media is the last thing you do before you go to bed. In fact, various experts recommend a period away from social media an hour or so before you go to bed.

  1. Think about how much time you spend on your phone

Another sign of possible technology addiction can be defined based on how much time you spend on your phone. There are various applications now that can track and measure your time and what you are doing. It may be there are a few problem sites or applications (apps) that are causing most of your problems.

During your working day, are you constantly checking your phone for notifications? Or are you quite happy to wait until the end of the day before you check them? It’s one thing to look at your phone when you are bored, but something entirely different to feel you always need to do it.

Isaac Rau, the CEO of Proactive SEO Solutions in Los Angeles, CA, sees firsthand the enormous demand for effective social media campaigns for businesses throughout the world.  “An immense amount of strategy and curation is put into each Instagram post by both small and large businesses,” says Rau.  He goes on to say, “sometimes it’s tough to pull yourself away when posts are so “sticky”, meaning effective at keeping you stuck on your phone.”   

  1. How do you feel when you’re away from Instagram?

How you feel when away from digital technology is another significant sign. When you are not using technology, does this make you anxious? Or instead are you happy to spend time doing something else. Equally, if you go out for a social event with friends you should be glad to spend time exclusively in their company.

However, if you find their company doesn’t carry enough of your attention and you are more interested in social media or a messaging app on your phone, it’s likely you have an addiction. Remember, when your physical relationships start to suffer that’s a clear sign of a problem.

Technology addiction is a relatively new form of addiction. However, the symptoms can be quite similar to other forms of addiction. The problem is because the digital lifestyle is such a way of life, sometimes it’s not recognised.

The time may be right to modify your behaviour if you recognise any of the signs in this article. Think about if social media is the first and last thing you check each day, consider how much time you spend on your phone during the working day and how you react to being away from digital technology.

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