As various studies and research reports have shown, social media can be addictive.
According to one report, Generation Y “has made social media their top priority and continues to need more usage in order to feel satisfied”. Another found that the habitual nature of social can see it spill over into other areas of people’s lives – like checking your apps while driving – while another found that while social platforms can enhance connection, excessive use can also lead to depression, an element that’s enhanced by the addictive nature of such apps.
The good news is that very few people are genuinely addicted to social media, but still, it can be a concern – so what makes social platforms so addictive, and what should you do if you have concerns about your own usage?
That’s the focus of this infographic, which provides an overview of the compulsion of social, including stats on usage, and a look into what it means, from a psychological standpoint.
There are also some tips to help limit your social usage – check out the full infographic below.
A version of this post was first published on the Digital Information World blog.