German psychiatrist called the addiction of social networks

German psychiatrist called the addiction of social networks

BERLIN, 4 Feb — RIA Novosti. Too long being on social networks can lead to the formation of poor self-esteem, frustration and depression that affected children and Teens, so parents need to pay special attention to their behavior, told RIA Novosti the regional managing Director and Director of the medical unit of the hospital of St. Joseph (Alexianer St. Joseph-Krankenhaus) in Berlin-Weissensee, PhD, psychiatrist, Hout iris (Iris Hauth).

In 2017 in Germany, conducted a representative survey in which participated more than a thousand children and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Most respondents said that they use social networks 2.5−3 hours a day, mostly it was girls. Every third said that they used social networks in order “not to think about unpleasant things.” 14% of respondents said that they can’t stop using social networks. 13% said they agree with the statement that they feel unhappy, if you can’t use social networks.

“It (the finding in social networks — ed.) can go into addiction. The person becomes restless and tense when he does not go “online”. This should be a signal to parents that if children are online more than 2 hours a day, neglecting school because of the activity in social networks, distanciruemsa from others, become apathetic. It is essential to teach media literacy of children and adolescents. By the way, this also applies to adult users, who can serve as role models. This means that you can take advantage of new media to communicate with the world and keep in touch with family and friends, but limited in time, subject to a “media diet.” And, of course, we cannot ignore real friends here and now, with eye contact, touch,” — said the psychiatrist.

“Superposition presentation of the majority of users who constantly make “posts” (publications — ed), leads to a narcissistic representation and, consequently, to the formation of poor self-esteem and unrealistic expectations from life. This leads to frustration and disappointment in the non-digital world, which cannot be adequately overcome by escaping in social media. Thus the healthy development of self-confidence is not happening,” said Dr. Haut.

She added that those users “who already have problems, conflicts, burst into such media to escape from the real world.”

But then these people begin to compare themselves with successful images of other users, with the result that it “reinforces their fears and depression.”

As a result, can develop a true addiction associated with the “reward system in the brain through a situation that positively enhanced,” said the expert. In other words, if a person gets a lot of likes, it increases your desire to get this “award.”