Social Media – how much is too much?

Too much of a good thing is not good.  If your use of social media gives you an anxiety attack when you have people criticizing you online, or if you find yourself with physical symptoms that are affecting your ability to relax, perhaps it is time to watch this short video and see our approach to helping you improve your relationship with your online community.

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The facts abut social media addiction:

If you find yourself losing several hours a day on social media you are not alone:

  • Up to 1 in 8 Americans are addicted to social media.
  • Attention Span has been reduced by 40% since 2000 – this has reduced the average women’s I.Q by five points and the average man’s I.Q by 15 points and adult A.D.D.
  • 65% of Americans sleep with their smartphones.  It is nice to stay in touch, but do you need to wake up at 3 in the morning with a drunken friend’s text?
  • 62% of Americans report that they feel elated or uplifted when someone likes their social media post.  Unfortunately, they then feel the opposite when someone does not like their post or even worse attacks their point of view.
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Watch Alyssa Thomas discuss Social Media Addiction

What can you do to overcome Social Media Addiction?

Over the last year especially it is becoming more and more common for people to escape into the online world.  As our world finds a new normal there are some things we can implement to help overcome our overuse of technology in general and social media in particular:

  • Spend time talking to the person in front of you, not checking your newsfeed.
  • Stop worrying about people liking your tweets, realize we all have different opinions and points of view.
  • Enjoy a romantic walk in the park detached from the drama of your friend’s rants, or their suggestions for how to spend your date.
  • Sleep in a room without your smartphone and get the restful night you deserve.

Why Alyssa?

Alyssa has experience with leading social media addiction workshops and groups. She uses several treatment modalities to treat Social Media Addiction including strong Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills. Her genuine care and nonjudgmental approach will make you feel comfortable working through any difficult areas. We have several other therapists with this training – our intake advisor can help you decide who to schedule with.

Why Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

  • Short-term and goal orientated
  • It changes your thinking about your problem area – in this case Social Media
  • It changes the way that you feel – so the change is long term
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When was the last time someone listened to you?  Really listened and provided active feedback.

To get started let our intake coordinator connect you with our therapist who is your best fit for your needs