With the internet becoming an inseparable part of one’s life, social media addiction has emerged as a new and potential health threat. Affecting people irrespective of their age, gender and ethnicity, the condition is more prevalent among teenagers. Hence, in a bid to curb the widespread reach of the growing menace, Instagram, one of the most popular social media platforms, has introduced an alert feature that would help the user know when he/she has checked all the the feeds in the past 48 hours.
The newly launched “You’re all caught up” feature aims at helping the users combat compulsive online browsing and instead tab the time they spend scrolling through their feeds and doing other online activities, especially on the app. This would notify the user when he/she has viewed all the recent posts. Additionally, it will also show viewed posts and feeds older than two days. The feature would be functional in Android and iOS starting July 2, 2018.
“We’ve heard that it can be difficult to keep track of your seen posts. With this message, you’ll have a better understanding of your Feed and know you haven’t missed recent photos or videos,” read the blog post introducing the new feature.
Need for “All caught up” in social media
The ongoing decade has seen the birth and growth of social media as the most powerful tool of communication. Used by majority of the population across the world, an account on the various social media platforms has become a prerequisite for establishing an identity. Also, people use such platforms to increase their social circle, showcase their individuality and stay abreast with the trends that interest them.
With continuous long-hours of scrolling and excessive use of social media platforms, a user becomes prone to develop social media addiction. The condition is characterized with symptoms like experiencing the urge to visit a social media site if away from it for even a few minutes, using the platform to run away from personal problems or daily struggles, facing troubles in the job, relationships and academics due to overuse of social media, etc.
Although social media addiction has grown to be fairly common today, the condition is affecting more teens than any other age group. As a result, teens are growing to become adults removed from reality, incapable of facing real-time scenarios and dependent on virtual networking sites for their relationships. Besides, the regular and excessive use of screen is causing mental health problems like anxiety, depression and loneliness among others. The uncontrolled urge to check social media is also leading to the development of problematic and dangerous behavior including checking social media while driving, and/or spending time with a loved one, opting to spend time on social media rather than with a person in real life, etc. In order to self-medicate the mental problems, teens can also take to various substances that can lead to addiction.
Recovery from social media addiction
According to experts, though the majority of the population is hooked on social media platforms, there are few who genuinely suffer from social media addiction. Although social media addiction is not formally recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), many rehab centers offer programs and treatment to help the users recover from the urges and compulsion to stay online. Treatment for social media addiction and other mental problems primarily includes behavioral health therapy to help the patients overcome their compulsive tendencies to use the internet.
Hence, if you suspect your teenager to be suffering from social media addiction, substance addiction or any other mental problem, do not hesitate to contact Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego. We provide comprehensive behavioral health treatment for teens. Call at our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our experts for more information about the best programs to treat teens behavioral health problems.