Real Life | Are you addicted to social media?

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Do you spend more time perfecting your meals to put on Instagram than eating it? Do you get a pang when you get a notification on your phone? These are just some of the many signs that you are addicted to social media.

Take a look around the train, bus or even cafe on your next trip and count how many people are glued into their phone.

Most are probably scrolling through their various social media platforms to keep abreast of what is happening in the world. No one is arguing the benefits and positive power of social media; it is the amount of time and obsession we have with such feeds that is stirring the debates of late.

There are many signs that you may be addicted to social media. One of the mildest signs is if you check it first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night. The morning ritual may be a bad habit, but the night time scrolling could be affecting your ability to sleep.

How many times do you visit your social media sites each day? Most people check in a few times throughout the day, such as commuting to and from work. But if you are doing it every hour, or indeed half hour, that is a sign that you are addicted to it. Challenge yourself to only visit such sites once a day to see how you get on.

We all love to post the good things that are happening in our life but if you feel compelled to post every single thing, this can be an issue. Instead of oversharing, try to simply enjoy the moment.

Are you only ever contactable via social media? A phone was designed to make calls so try using it for that purpose – talking is so much better than sending messages!