Social Media Addiction

Who likes to be the third wheel?  No one, but sometimes it cannot be helped when the smartphone that is your gateway into social media and you become the third wheel on the date with that fox.  

If you or your partner argue about you spending too much time on your phone, you might be addicted to social media and this can drive a wedge between even the most committed couple.

Normophobia, also known as no-mobile-phone-phobia, has become widespread over the years with more of our live being connected to our smartphones-- from work to social and everything in between.  Whatever you want, it's like the smartphone is our link.  From food deliveries to airplane tickets and hotel bookings, it really is our 21st century genie.  However, we can also get more elusive things like "likes" and thumbs up and retweets that can cause a surge in your dopamine levels. 

Some signs of normophobia include: 

It’s easy to get constant attention on social media and get addicted to the feeling because each time someone gets a like or comment on social media, the brain releases dopamine. Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter that our body produces that influences our mood and feelings of reward and motivation.  So, with each notification, whether it be through a tweet, ding, whistle or buzz, a surge of dopamine is released and we feel a quick high.  

As with other forms of addiction, however, the high doesn’t last for long and eventually one needs more attention to continue to feel the rush. It’s like an addict who needs a fix, except the fix, in this case, is attention on social media.

There are anti-addiction medication that work along the dopamine and norephinephrine pathways to prevent the reuptake of these neurotransmitters to prevent the dopamine drop that is likely to cause relapse.

If you think you have normophobia and would like to seek treatment for it, please contact our office and schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for treatment.

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