5 Signs You’re Addicted to Social Media ‘Likes’

Snapping the perfect Instagram of your healthy breakfast might actually prevent you from enjoying the meal. According to a new study by New York Times best-selling authors Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, social media obsession is correlated with higher levels of unhappiness. The ugly truth? More than half of the 1,623 respondents say posting the perfect photo has prevented them from fully enjoying life experiences.


Take the SA Style ‘Social Media Addiction’ Test:

If you answer “yes” to any of the following, it’s time stop, put it down and step away from the smart phone.

  1. You constantly check your phone after a status update / photo upload / witty comments.
  2. You feel a slight nudge of neglect when you don’t see any action within the hour.
  3. The moment you see the number of likes climbing up, you feel a slight sense of accomplishment.
  4. You over analyse pictures and status updates and wonder why they’re not getting traction.
  5. You constantly keep an eye on the social media updates of your circle of friends, looking at responses and numbers.

Oh o, you’ve crossed the line/ If you can’t resist looking at your buzzing phone while you’re doing something that classifies as important, like taking care of your child or having an important conversation with your significant other.