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Are you addicted to social media? How to recognize overuse and cut back.

Lots of people use social media every day to connect with family and friends and as a hobby. But can people get addicted to it?

There’s no such thing as an official diagnosis of “social media addiction.” But it’s a term people use, because it’s more common than ever for people to overuse social media. Some experts estimate up to 10% of people in the United States have what’s referred to as “social media addiction.”

But why is social media so easy to overuse?

Social media platforms are engineered by teams of people to be a pleasurable and engaging experience; they are always making improvements and changes to keep the experience new and exciting. When you log on to your favorite apps, dopamine signals in your brain increase. These are associated with pleasure. But the positive feelings experienced during social media use are only temporary, and as the feel-good dopamine wears off.

Read more on how to recognize social media overuse and how to cut back here. 

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