Have you ever extensively worried over what you posted on social media, had fear of what other people think when they see your posts, or concerns about how many "likes" your social media posts will receive? Then you may be experiencing “Social Media Anxiety Disorder.” Yes, this is a real thing.
According to the Huffington Post, social media anxiety disorder is a category of social anxiety disorder, when posts and their status on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat affect the media user’s mental and physical being. People with this disorder have serious fear that others will judge and ridicule their interactions on social media, and this can lead to more serious issues such as depression.
The list of symptoms related to this condition are similar to general anxiety and social anxiety disorders and include:
Discomfort in online social situations
Palpatations and Muscle Twitching
Constantly checking social media without stop
Constantly discussing social media in real life conversations
However, there are many ways to at least dim down the affects of the disorder. These include:
Restricting time on social media sites
Completely block social media profiles
Maintaining a normal real social life versus and online one
Making a list of things you prefer over social media
In a world that is so social media obsessed, recognizing problems that are arising from social media are extremely important. Recognizing social media anxiety disorder in yourself or a friend could lead to a better lifestyle that steps away from the buzz of media and into a well-balanced social life.