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Hallo, I think I’m addicted to social media. I cannot stop using it. I check my messages at least 1 time per minute. It’s starting to take nearly control me. Sometimes i hear my a notification, but my phone isn’t even near me. I don’t know what i should do. Do you know how to overcome a social media addiction? Any tips? (From Denmark)

Social Media Addiction

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I applaud your courage in asking for help. This is the first step in making a change. Start with the basics. Begin with some simple rules. The best is to shut your smartphone off (or if you can’t bear to do that, put it on silent) every time you are eating. Stick to this one rule. When you eat don’t get on your phone, you don’t use social media. This is the new habit you want to cultivate. Even if you wolf down your lunch in ten minutes the conscious decision to only eat at that time will be helpful. Along with this set your smartphone to silence all your incoming notifications during the usual times you sleep. Uninterrupted eating and sleeping will go a long way in providing some relief.

For more information here is an article in the Washington Post.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Social Media Addiction

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2018). Social Media Addiction. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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