3 thoughts on “Social Media as Addiction and Negative Coping

  • September 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    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.

    • September 20, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      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!

  • November 19, 2019 at 4:05 am

    This is so great. The part I like the best is at the end, that healthy and balanced individuals can be health around TV, food, social media, sex… that’s really true. Those people don’t abuse these things to escape reality. Thanks so much.


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