How To Avoid Social Media Addiction As A Teenager

How To Avoid Social Media Addiction As A Teenager – Social media addiction can be simply defined as excessive use of social media to the detriment of the user.

In today’s digital age, social media addiction affects all of us directly or indirectly. It is not an exaggeration to say we are presently in an epidemic of social media addiction and the youths, particularly teenagers are the most vulnerable.

According to a report by Newport Academy- Teen Rehab Center, 92% of teenagers go online every day, 76% of teens engage in social media, 71% are on Facebook, 52% on Instagram, 41% on Snapchat, 33% on Twitter and 14% on Tumblr.

Why are the teenagers more addicted to social media in today’s technology age?

In today’s technology age, most teenagers have access to smartphones and they are active on many social networking websites and platforms. They are always eager to go online, check the status update of their online friends and respond to their posts on any social media platform. In an attempt to achieve this purpose, they spend several hours online when they read, comment, like or share any post they find on social media.

Most teenagers do this almost every time they have their smartphones around them. Many of them wake up in the middle of the night when they hear the sound of a new message or post and they want to make sure they read, comment or share it irrespective of the content. Others are also addicted to playing online game while chatting on social media platforms.

Social media addiction has ruined the lives of many youths around the world. It has robbed a lot of teenagers of their future and led many others to an early grave through suicide. A typical example of this is online gaming addiction of teenagers while on social media networking websites and platforms.

It was sometimes reported in Egypt that an 11-year-old girl committed suicide with an online game to which she was addicted, according to a local media report. In another media report, a 13-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself after his father scolded him for playing an online game on his cellphone in Keonjhar district, India. The menace of social media addiction is ruining the lives of teenagers around the world on a daily basis.

As far as prevention of social media addiction is concerned, a teenager must not be an expert in order to avoid social media addiction but adopting the following tips is a good way to start:

1. As a teenager, educate yourself about internet safety.

2. Secure admission into a higher institution before you start using a smartphone.

3. Don’t be desperate to get a smartphone.

4. Don’t believe the online world is the same as the real world.

5. Avoid going to class with your mobile phone.

6. If you have a social media account, let it be known to your parents.

7. Set a time limit on how you use social media on your mobile phone.

8. Don’t leave your data on at all times to avoid distraction.

9. Delete all Apps that you don’t need on your device.

10. Don’t have more than two social media accounts or platforms.

11. Don’t be desperate to read, comment or share any post on social media.

12. Don’t allow a smartphone or social media to be your only source of joy.

13. Don’t respond to all social media posts but only those that are meaningful.

14. Don’t accept all friendship requests on social media.

15. Don’t join more than two social media platforms.

16. Limit the number of your social media friends.

17. Avoid chatting or playing games on your mobile phone when you are supposed to be sleeping at night.

18. Avoid chatting, watching video or playing games on your mobile phone while eating, walking or driving.

19. Avoid visiting corrupt websites e.g. porn sites.

20. Avoid using social media language e.g. DM- Direct message, BRB- Be Right Back, FYI- For Your Information etc.

21. If all your attempts to avoid social media addiction prove abortive, contact a counselor immediately.

Rotimi Onadipe
CEO Onadipe Technologies,
Founder of internet safety magazine.

Tel: +234-8169121819

Email: [email protected]

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