25 Social Media Addiction Quotes – More Common Than We Think

These quotes about social media addiction are eye-opening and confronting. Most of all, it’s scary to see just how common social media addiction is.

Why is social media so addictive?

Social media is so addictive because it is designed to be that way.

The social media platforms are constantly tweaking their algorithms to keep us users engaged for as long as possible.

They do this by showing us content that we are likely to find interesting, what we’ve engaged with recently, and by giving us little dopamine ‘hits’ in the form of likes, comments, and shares. 

We start wanting more, we crave the instant reactions, the real-time updates and the hollow attention that social media brings.

Sadly, we feed right into it.

How common is social media addiction?

Social media addiction is becoming more and more common, and it’s not just young people. While exact figures aren’t known, psychologists estimate that as many as 10% of people will meet the criteria for social media addiction of some kind.

Pretty scary right?

Social Media Addiction Quotes

These quotes on social media addiction are interesting to read and ponder further. As to if we might have a problem with social media, if those around us do, and why it’s so common:


“There is a valid reason social media is linked to depression and loneliness. We live in a time when many people spend countless hours a day online strolling through the timeline of others with envy, regret, and little appreciation for their own life.” Germany Kent


“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Steven Furtick


“Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.” Neeraj Agnihotri


“There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.” Edward Tufte


“Make sure you’re also happy in ‘real life’ and not just on social media.” PK Kasirim


“Was going to post something on Facebook until I asked myself why.” David E Love


“It is not what you shout out to the world that determines your life… it is what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” Abigail Horne


“It is okay to own a technology, what is not okay is to be owned by technology.” Abhijit Naskar


“Social media sites create [an] illusion of connectivity.” Malay Shah


“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, . . . was all about: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.” Cal Newport


“Phone breaks are in a way the new smoke breaks.” A.D. Aliwat


“Just like using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain can — and does — lead to addiction, using social media to fill the void of relationships, or other needs, often leads to addiction, as well.” Mandy J. Hoffman



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“There is no such thing as social media, there is only unsocial media.” Abhijit Naskar


“Many people are unhappy because they believe their life is much worse off than somebody else’s projected image on social media.” Germany Kent


“Are you using your device or is your device using you?” Denzel Washington


“For a better mental health, just turning off the unwanted notifications, getting rid of the social apps that you don’t really need to have will help you in different ways.” Jyoti Patel


“Social media addiction is like suicide in daily instalments.” Bharat Nain


“I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.” Elon Musk


“When your mental health becomes impacted by social media then it is time for a detox.” Germany Kent


“The more social media we have, the more we think we’re connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” JR


“Sometimes you gotta take a break from all the noise to appreciate the beauty of silence.” Robert Tew


“It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.” Alexis Ohanian


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott


“When it comes to social media, there are just times I turn off the world, you know. There are just sometimes you have to give yourself space to be quiet, which means you’ve got to set those phones down.” Michelle Obama


“Our attention spans have been reduced by the immediate gratification provided by smartphones and social media.” Katherine Ryan


What can we do to reduce social media addiction?

If you find that social media is having a negative impact on your life, there are some things you can do that really help;

  • Limit your time on social media – set a timer for yourself and stick to it,
  • Unfollow or block people who regularly post negative content,
  • Stick to positive content – follow accounts that make you feel good, and unfollow those that don’t,
  • Take a break from social media every once in a while, – delete the apps from your phone, or go on a social media detox.
  • Be mindful of how you’re using social media – are you using it to connect with people or are you using it to escape from reality?

Most importantly though, if it’s causing trouble in your life, then seek professional help.

In conclusion, social media can be a great tool for networking and staying connected, but it can also be negative when it leads to addiction and unhappiness.

Take care.

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