Is there a thing like Insta addiction?

Editorial Good Morning Kashmir
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It is rightly said “It is okay to own a technology, what is not okay is to be owned by technology.” Nowadays we are totally fixated on instagram. But like every other addiction, Instagram addiction too should not be taken lightly. An app developer, Peter Mezyk is of the opinion that the success of an app is often measured by the extent to which it introduces a new habit. With the increasing popularity of the app, serious issues are hiking. Some researchers are now linking an Instagram addiction to mental health risks and depression. Instagram is the fakebook which shows you the perfect life of people, especially celebrities. Also encumbered by this pressure, we too want to live perfect lives or at least post perfect pictures and mimic which takes a toll on our mental health. A recent survey of 752 university students examined the relationships between their personality, self-liking, daily internet use and Instagram addiction. Moreover, the study used path analysis to look into the mediating role of self liking between Instagram addiction and personality. In the study, three scales were used: the Instagram Addiction Scale, the Big Five Inventory and the Self Liking Scale.

 

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These findings showed that daily internet use had a positive association with being addicted to Instagram and that self-liking was a mediator both between agreeableness and Instagram addiction (partially) and conscientiousness and Instagram addiction (completely). Such apps typically generate a stimulus revolving around negative emotions such as loneliness or boredom. That is why oftentimes we develop an anticipation of checking our phones every now and then. Likes on social media are also addictive which constantly force us to draw a comparison between ourselves and peers. Such apps activate the same reward centers in our brain which get triggered by addictions by chemical compounds. Fighting an addiction or habit can be difficult but we need to work on it by physically separating ourselves from phones, unfollowing or blocking people who are leading us into depression or giving us anxiety, spending real time with real people around us and making healthy relationships.

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