Social Media Addiction

Updated: July 23, 2022

Social media addiction involves excessive and compulsive use of online platforms. Therapy addresses underlying issues, establishes healthy tech habits, and fosters a balanced digital lifestyle for individuals seeking change

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What Is Social Media Addiction?

Social media addiction is a contemporary challenge marked by the compulsive and problematic use of online platforms, impacting individuals’ daily lives, relationships, and mental wellbeing. This addictive behaviour often involves excessive time spent on social media, seeking constant validation through likes and shares, and experiencing anxiety or distress when unable to access these platforms.


It can lead to diminished productivity, disrupted sleep patterns, and a sense of isolation. Understanding the underlying factors contributing to social media addiction is crucial, as it often intersects with issues such as low self-esteem, loneliness, or a desire for social connection.

What Are The Symptoms?

Compulsive Checking

Individuals are compelled to constantly check for notifications or updates when experiencing social media addiction.

Excessive Time Online

People with social media addiction spend a disproportionate amount of time on social media.

Impact on Mental Health

Social media addiction increases anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem related to social media use.

Impact on Relationships

As with any addiction, people with social media addiction may suffer strained relationships due to excessive screen time.

Neglecting Offline Activities

People who suffer with this form of addiction can avoid in-person social interactions or other offline activities.

Neglecting Responsibilities

Those with this form of addiction will often prioritise social media over work, studies, or other responsibilities.

Withdrawal Symptoms

This addiction can cause or increase anxiety or irritability, especially when individuals are unable to access social media.

What Causes Social Media Addiction?

Psychological Factors: Underlying psychological issues such as low self-esteem, loneliness, or a need for external validation can contribute to social media addiction.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): The fear of missing out on social events or online content can create and maintain addiction to social media.

Social Pressure: The influence of social norms and the desire to fit in with one’s peers can influence the use of social media.

Dopamine Release: The brain’s reward system activated by social media interactions plays a key role in developing addictive behaviours.

Escape from Reality: Using social media as a form of escapism from real-life challenges can bring about the challenge of social media addiction.

How Phinity Therapy Can Help

Our therapeutic interventions for social media addiction focus on empowering individuals to regain control over their online habits, fostering a healthier relationship with technology, and addressing the emotional factors that contribute to excessive social media use. We will start the process of treatment with:


Assessment: We will begin with a thorough psychological assessment to understand your social media usage patterns, underlying issues, and goals for change.

Psychoeducation: We provide information about the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing, to impart awareness and understanding of the issues.

Addressing Underlying Issues: Together, we will explore and address underlying psychological issues contributing to social media addiction, such as low self-esteem or loneliness.

Goal Setting: Our therapists work collaboratively to set realistic and achievable goals for reducing social media use and establishing healthier tech habits.

Healthy Coping Strategies: For example, you can learn to develop healthy coping strategies to address underlying emotional issues or stressors without resorting to excessive social media use.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): We can offer CBT to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviours associated with social media addiction.

Mindfulness Techniques: We also offer mindfulness practices to enhance awareness, manage impulses, and promote a balanced approach to technology use.

Offline Activities: We will help you to establish engagement with offline activities, hobbies, and social interactions to foster a more balanced lifestyle.

Establishing Boundaries: Our therapists will assist in setting and maintaining clear boundaries for social media use, including designated screen-free times.

Family Involvement: If helpful, we can involve family members or close relationships in therapy to enhance support and understanding.

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