When it comes to social media and addiction, these two things might seem like total opposites. The truth is that they work closely with one another.
This fact is especially true when it comes to the younger generation, who happen to be using social media constantly on a day to day basis.
They are exposed to conversations about drugs and addiction and often an opportunity to participate, and they don’t consider it unusual.
The main reason social media is such a big part of addiction these days is that it is essentially glorified all across the web.
No matter what social media website you visit these days, it seems that drugs and addiction are everywhere. Many of these younger people are seeing activity daily, and are being desensitized by the commonality of it, sharing the experiences with their peers, and are often encouraged to accept or participate.
There are drug “challenges” being conducted on social media by people all over the country, and we now see endless publicity on different social media outlets about celebrities doing drugs.
There are meme’s that glorify drugs and make substance-abuse seem funny, cool, and interesting. Social media and addiction go hand in hand, and no one can get away from it, especially the younger generation, who is consumed by it.
In one sense, it is a blessing that adults are usually less susceptible to this type of viral social media situation, but in another sense, the younger generation is not.
The younger generations are seeing these substance abuse posts every single day, and there is nothing that anyone can do about it.
They are watching drug use and addictive behaviors online, and essentially following what they see on their computer or phone screens. This activity is the domino effect of drugs and addiction that so many don’t want to talk about.
In a sense, one could say that social media is partly causing, or at least encouraging addiction to a large degree, especially when it comes to the younger generation.
The surrounding issue is that all of this visibility into the drug underworld is starting kids on the addiction train early. Because drugs are rampant all over the place on social media, so are addictions.
People are talking about drugs and alcohol, and bragging about taking pills.
They are abusing substances online, and even recording themselves doing drugs in live feeds. Even worse, these harmful behaviors are not usually, if ever, viewed negatively online.
Now, here is where it gets even worse.
The way that social media encourages addiction even further is because it provides a level playing field for dealers and fellow addicts to communicate and get in touch with one another, both easily and quickly.
For example, on Facebook and Instagram, the location of every user and dealer is broadcast all over the social media site. There are groups to join and a ‘friends’ list to build.
What that means is, if someone wants to find a dealer to sell them drugs, all they need to do is log onto any leading social media site, such as Facebook.
It’s the easiest place to communicate with others, and you can either start messaging specific people, post something that alludes to the fact that you are looking for drugs, or simply just wait for someone to contact you.
There is no doubt that there are legions of dealers waiting to offer up their substances to the highest bidder, and many of these “dealers” are merely waiting around online, just long enough for someone to ask or request a specific pill, drug, or substance of sorts.
Social media is like the retail shop for drugs, and it is getting worse and worse with every passing day.
Another thing to take into consideration is that it is not always easy to spot the people who are looking for drugs, or even the people who are selling drugs or other substances.
People are now using code words to communicate with one another when they are online. They are using code phrases, memes, and gifs to get their point across, and they might even be simply posting status updates which allude to what they are seeking.
So yes, social media, especially Facebook, is a breeding ground for drug dealers and those who are looking to score.
People normally use social media to pass the time, to share interesting information with others, to gain attention, and to meet other like-minded individuals.
So, if someone has a problem with substance abuse, the odds that they are going to find other substance-abuse users online is very likely.
What this creates is a type of substance-abuse club or meeting-ground for addiction. Social media is the neutral place where people can meet and talk about doing drugs, while just sitting and staring at their phones or computer screens.
It’s pretty simple to create a kind of profile where you can easily type out your desires or needs. It’s now quite easy to find places to buy drugs, find out how to make your drugs.
You can even swap stories with others on how great it is to do drugs, some new ideas or techniques for drug use, new and exciting drugs on the black market, and even the glorification of addiction.
The biggest issue with social media is that it is quickly becoming the one-stop-shop for anyone looking to buy substances online and then talk about it with all of their like-minded friends.
There is an ongoing pattern of acceptance and support of illegal drugs and addiction when it comes to social media. It is frightening.
Social media serves as an easy avenue for anyone looking to buy substances online because there are so many people, on any given day, using social media at all hours of the day and night.
It doesn’t matter if the social media site in question is Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, all social media sites have the potential to be breeding grounds for harmful substance-abuse behaviors.
And, when it comes to other social media sites such as YouTube, there are even bigger fish to fry. YouTube is full of videos that feature substance-abuse “challenges,” so to speak.
These challenges are composed of people who are deemed cool and on-trend that are engaging in harmful, substance-abuse behaviors. And, one of the most recent and harmful of these challenges, which was posted on YouTube and went viral, was the Tide Pod challenge.
This ridiculous challenge was viewed and done by all types of people, of all different ages, and from all over the world. And, what this challenge entailed was people who ate, bit into, and cooked the toxic laundry product, Tide Pods, which is commonly used to clean clothes.
The problem with social media and its tendency to make certain videos larger than life is that this horrible challenge was posted everywhere.
There were people commenting on each other’s Tide Pod eating videos, ‘liking’ each other’s Tide Pod eating videos, and essentially, creating an entire community composed of harmful substance-abuse behaviors, which included eating toxic laundry detergent pods.
The result of this insane challenge was record numbers of injured individuals and even a few deaths. And, it doesn’t stop there. There is now a new challenge to come out as of late, which includes people snorting a condom online, either by way of videos or in pictures.
This new challenge also seems to be running rampant across the web, and on all the leading social media sites, especially on YouTube.
Unfortunately, the results of this new challenge are potentially deadly to those participating. There is a serious risk of bodily injury and harm
Seriously, there is something important to be said about social media and encouraging drug abuse and risky behaviors.
Another side of the coin shows how social media is breeding addiction through ways that seem innocuous but the opposite is true.
As of late, many studies have come out showing just how much social media is making all types of people feel extremely depressed, anxious, and lonely.
Many people have even reported self-esteem and low self-worth issues when they continue to engage in social media too often. And, the actual concrete reasons why social media is affecting people in this way is the falsity of it and what it stands for.
Social media is essentially a fake reality and seems to affect everyone differently. Some people take it with a grain of salt, while others seem to take it extremely hard.
A large part of social media negatively impacting society is because people are constantly posting doctored or Photoshop edited photos, to look perfect.
They like to exaggerate and brag about how great their lives are, how much money they have, and much more. It’s all plastic and fake. It’s a created dream world of goodies that don’t exist and but are easily accepted by the viewer as true.
This is all happening on a consistent basis, constantly being pushed in people’s faces, 24/7. The unfortunate result of this is many people are starting to have mental ailments, such as depression and anxiety, due to this false online reality.
While these issues are very real and horrible for the people who are experiencing them, it gets even worse when they try and mask their self-worth issues with substance-abuse, which is where the addiction aspect of social media comes in.
In a way, social media is driving some people to addiction. And, while this might be a stretch for some to comprehend, the more that certain people use social media, the more susceptible they are to substance-abuse problems, which they use to cope with the false reality that they see on their computer screens.
Not everyone who engages in social media ends up with addiction problems, but there is something to be said about social media being the catalyst to addiction.
It can be a serious problem, especially when the troubled person in question is in recovery and trying desperately to get over their substance-abuse problem.
The only real solution may be hard to accept or accomplish but what we need to do is stay off of social media as much possible and engage in it sparingly, if at all.
The goal is for everyone to stay as healthy and happy as possible, and we all need to remember to live out each of our days fruitfully and authentically, free from addiction “triggers” and substance-abuse “encouragers.”
And, while easier said than done, there is no reason for anyone to do anything that would negatively hinder their life, or put them back on the road towards addiction. Unfortunately, that’s what social media does for so many addicted and suffering people out there today.
Social media is contributing to addiction in both direct and indirect ways. Some people are finding their dealers through social media, as well as being encouraged to engage in substance-abuse “challenges” by their peers.
Social media users are being pressured to engage in harmful behaviors that are meant to be fun and lighthearted but are extremely scary and even potentially deadly.
Social media is also contributing to addiction because of the way that it is increasing mental health issues in people across the world.
The fake reality of social media is making many people feel “less than” and “not good enough,” especially when so many people on social media are posting fake pictures and bragging about their life to anyone and everyone online.
Statistics show that many women and men are showing signs of low self-esteem and low self-worth issues based on what they see on social media sites. Harmful influence via Social Media can turn many people towards the side of substance-abuse and addiction.
Social media does seem to be hindering treatment for substance abuse by making addiction fun, interesting, and cool. And, with the rise in loneliness and the increase in social media as a whole, substance abuse and addiction are getting even worse, and more prevalent than it ever was before.
So, perhaps we can become more aware of the pitfalls that social media brings, be compassionate to those who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction, and take what we see on social media with a grain of salt, or just not engage in it at all.
If you, a friend, or a loved one has addiction problems and you recognize how Social Media is encouraging and influencing their behavior, you can get in touch with the Hotline at your Recovery Center and discuss the issues and possible solutions. It’s really important that you do!
The staff at Chateau Recovery is always available to help you with your questions regarding addiction recovery and treatment. Call anytime.
Chateau Recovery Center
375 Rainbow Lane
Midway, UT 84049, USA
Phone: +1 435-654-1082
Please call our toll-free helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by experienced and caring professionals who can answer your questions and help you navigate through the process of evaluating and securing a treatment program.
If you or someone you love has questions concerning the rehabilitation process, call our free helpline Phone: +1 888-971-2986 for more information. Calls are always confidential, private, and secure.
Here are a couple of very enlightening videos on the subject of Social Media as it relates to addiction, recovery, and treatment.
Social media is dominating most of our attention throughout the day. Yet, is it truly changing our face-to-face relationships? Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains.