Wednesday 15 December 2021
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The long periods of closure that accompanied the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, led people to spend long hours in front of computer screens and mobile devices to browse social networks, which led to many people falling into the clutches of media addiction.
Neglecting friendships and hobbies
“Things are taken very seriously when aspects of life such as friendships, family and hobbies are neglected, and at some point it may amount to neglecting personal hygiene,” explained Martina Haas, a psychologist who works for the Internet and Media Addiction Foundation. In such cases, the person does not eat, sleep, or even shower; Because he is always sitting in front of the computer screen.
The German expert stressed that the addiction to social networks appears when one notices the negative consequences of using social media platforms, and he cannot change this behavior.
“In addition to constantly increasing the dose, if one tries to stop using social networks, then withdrawal symptoms appear,” added Martina Haas. These people may hesitate to talk about these symptoms and feel guilty about their families, and some of them dive deeper into virtual worlds to escape this tension and psychological pressure.
Missing something in the real world
Addiction to social networks is often more pronounced in girls and women, while young men and women are more inclined to online games. The German psychologist believes that there is a desire and longing behind the addiction to social networks and online games. “If one notices their inability to let go of the media, it often means that they are looking for something they are missing out on in the real world,” she added.
For her part, Christine Langer, from the “Shao Hen” initiative, explained that people are spending more time in front of computer screens and mobile devices in the time of the Corona outbreak compared to normal conditions, and the German expert added, “Diving into virtual worlds may lead to successes and enjoyable moments, But it shouldn’t be limited to virtual worlds only in the long run.”
Christine Langer added that the ability to self-regulate gradually develops with the building of the personality, and this process may take some time, and it is not yet complete in some adults.
In turn, Nils Bruen, a specialist in the treatment of media addiction, stressed that it is generally important not to relate to media networks in childhood, otherwise this phenomenon will continue with him throughout his life, and added: “If a child begins to use media networks excessively, he will be It is difficult for him to get rid of this addiction when he is an adult, and it will take longer.”
Bruin added that he often provides addiction counseling to young people, who have withdrawn from society and who find it difficult to establish social relationships, and the German expert added, “They have forgotten how to do this, and are not completely satisfied with themselves, and many of them are afraid to meet these requirements in real life.”
Bruin pointed out that people, who suffer from addiction to social networks, often also suffer from comorbid disorders, such as depression, fear and social phobia, and not only the desire to use social networks, but compensates for deficits and other defects through excessive use. for the media.
In order for the user to know whether he is addicted to social networks or not, he advised Bruin to reduce the duration of use of problematic media platforms, and added, “If one feels that they can stop at any time from using social networks, they should actually try it, and if they realize If a person cannot do this, then he needs the help of specialists.”
Tricks to reduce media usage
For people, who have not reached the stage of addiction, but who use social networks heavily, they can follow some simple tricks and methods to limit the use of media platforms, such as making the ringtone annoying or setting an unattractive background image and making access codes very complex, in addition to Define smartphone-free ranges in the home such as dining table and bedside table.
In addition to not taking a smartphone when entering the bathroom, Bruin added: “The bathroom is a place for rest and relaxation, and nuisances should not be taken to the bathroom like a smartphone.”
There are many preventive measures to prevent social media addiction, including enhancing self-confidence through sports and physical activities, creative recreational games, and interest in strengthening friendships with others.