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Social Media as Addiction and Negative Coping

Most people understand how social media can be beneficial to its users. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding or misinformation regarding its detrimental effects and elements. In this article, we will look into it in more depth to understand how social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and so on impact people’s lives, and why people use it in the first place.

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Social Media as Addiction and Negative Coping

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  1. What if you decide to quit most forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)? What if you find that the drawbacks outweigh the benefits? Would you say that this is avoidance too?
    I quit Facebook and Twitter, because I felt they were not good ways to make use of my time. I admit some aspects of Facebook (but not Twitter) felt harmful to my mental health…does this mean that I’m not psychologically adjusted enough to handle Facebook, and that the goal should be to become so (and be able to “handle” having a Facebook account)? I feel that I would be better off without Facebook permanently. But I just want to make sure my motivations are healthy, and not avoidance related. Any tips on how I can figure that out? Thank you for this posting, it certainly gave much food for thought.

    • Hi Brenda—interesting questions!

      I think it depends on your reasons behind quitting or not quitting it, and on what you consider benefits and drawbacks. Not everyone’s situation is the same. What is harmful or beneficial to a person is also something that requires a closer and objective evaluation.

      There are probably three ways to figure it out. One, to evaluate your situation honestly and realistically, keeping in mind that we all may have some blindspots which may or may not skew the picture. Two, asking someone else to evaluate it for you, which puts a lot of power into someone else’s hands, so you have to keep that in mind. You also have to consider that others have their own blindspots, too. And three, some sort of a satisfying combination of one and two.

      I hope that helps!


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