When does social media become dangerous? The difference between addiction and necessity, explained by a psychologist

Social networks have been part of people's lives for many years. Thus, most Romanians have accounts on the most popular online platforms, on which they spend more and more time.

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According to specialists, this can be really dangerous and can noticeably affect the quality of life.

How many Romanians use a smartphone?

According to a report by Hootsuite, there are over 26 million mobile connections in Romania. Thus, it appears that there are many Romanians who own several mobile phones. At the same time, the data show that no less than 97% of Romanians use a smartphone.

Under these conditions, it is not surprising that Romanians are also followers of social networks. Many times, apps are pre-installed on the gadgets that customers purchase, and their use becomes inevitable.

Thus, experts claim, there are many people who end up abusing technology and sitting for hours in front of bright screens, especially in the evening, before going to bed.

The distance from necessity to addiction, very small

According to psychologists, social media addiction is real and can have negative effects on users. Thus, the distance from necessity to addiction is very small, and social networks end up no longer fulfilling their true role.

Social media can become a real problem, especially for young people. They are captured by the bright screens, by the information distributed in the online environment, in different forms. They end up spending hours in front of their phones and it's an addiction. Basically, we are no longer talking about a place for socializing, we are no longer talking about fun. It's a lifestyle, but to a pest. Those who abuse social media often have trouble concentrating. I can't get one thing done because notifications always come in, curiosity comes in to see what else is going on online“, said the psychologist Andreea Coman.

How can this addiction be defeated?

According to experts, there are several means by which young people can be detached from the bright screens and reconnected to the real world.

First of all, if it is still possible, parents should have discussions with young people, identify common, outdoor, socializing activities. At the same time, there are methods of monitoring the time spent on the phone. Gradually, we can check this and reduce, day by day, the time we spend in front of the mobile phone. At the same time, we need to find activities that help us escape from the virtual world. We need to identify passions, which we can put into practice“, added the psychologist.