By Russell Holloway
Christian Counseling Finder Co-founder
Social media at its best facilitates relationships and the easy communication of information. At its worst, social media distracts us from meaningful interactions with the people who populate our real life.
When we turn on our computers or smart phones, we are always at risk of sacrificing important relationships on the cybernetic altar of Internet compulsion.
There is a growing body of evidence that social media dependence is more about the pursuit of powerful chemicals released into the brain while using the Internet, like dopamine and oxytocin, than any advantages gained through social connection or easy access to information.
Here are some of the signs that you may be addicted to social media.
When your brain is dependent on social media it is searching for powerful chemicals released through social media engagement. Social media is no longer about relationships or access to information, it is about getting rewarded by these chemicals. Counseling is one option to gain help to overcome social media dependence. Next post we will discuss ways to lower or eliminate social media dependence.