Social Media Addiction ๐Ÿ–ฅ


Social Media is addicting and has harmful effects on sleep, eating habits, relationships and especially to children who are easily influenced. I started with Facebook and left due to the ridiculous amount of drama. It was too time consuming with little positive results.

I use Twitter to promote my books and it is also draining and takes away from my personal time. People do not return retweets and getting book reviews is difficult…even when I give the eBooks away for free. All social media is filled with cliques and if you are not in one of them, you will not get much support for your work in the way of tweets or reviews. I do my best to support as many people as I can and find many are too self-absorbed to even care. Some people can be so rude and thoughtless so I block them.

There is array of mentally challenged folks on social media and many want so much attention, it is hard to please some of them. There are stalkers who want to hook up or know everything about your personal life. This is creepy since I only want to have a bit of fun and promote my work. I am not interested in finding dates on social media.


I find it is best to visit my social media sites once a day, week or month depending on what you are using it to achieve. Some folks just want to babble away about whatever interests they have. There is a lot of competition and many just tweet their own stuff and are not supportive at all. It is amazing the hits famous folks get on twitter for making some idiotic comment while those who struggle to get seen have to work much harder. If you are not getting the results you hoped for, it is healthier to only use social media when you must so you can live your life without the stress of dealing with strangers, who care little about you or what you are selling and EVERYONE is selling something on social media whether is is art, books, music, beliefs, religion, politics, etc.


If you find yourself consumed with social media to the point where you are not attending to your personal life, you may be addicted to social media, which includes excessive use of cell phones as well. I know I have been and I am working to overcome this. There are benefits to social media. Overall, if tweeting, texting, emailing writing excessive blog posts etc are running your life, it is not healthy. If you find yourself not eating/exercising or attending to personal matters, you may want to cut back and use social media only when you have to do so. I do not believe our lives are richer via social media since many depersonalize others and behave in ways they would not if your were in the same room with them. Just something to consider. Best wishes to all and thanks for reading.






M.G. Wells is an author, artist, playwright and screenwriter. Encouraged and supported by her colorful grandparents at an early age for her numerous artistic talents, M.G. strives to create a diverse body of work to entertain and inspire. Fun stuff too. Enjoy.
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43 Responses to Social Media Addiction ๐Ÿ–ฅ

  1. tracytraynor says:

    Interesting post. I’m like you, have too much to do to spend too much time on Twitter and FB. If I didn’t have a full time job I admit I would spend more time building up a relationship with other like-minded folk, alas, I just don’t have the time. I am also fed up of thousands of requests from so called genuine blokes looking for a partner, can’t they read my bio that says I’m happily married, sigh I don’t believe they are genuine guys at all. Still I’m glad we bumped into each other on social media ๐Ÿ™‚ and I certainly wouldn’t get rid of it. Here’s to us having a successful and happy medium ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great post, Dear MG!! Have missed you!!

  3. Yes, great information on social media addiction.

  4. Paola says:

    Very interesting post, thank you

  5. -Eugenia says:

    Great post! I spend a lot of time on WordPress, which is in a league of their own, IMO. My social media go-to’s are LinkedIn and Every now and then I visit Twitter to clear out my notifications. I am not a FB fan but my hubby enjoys it.

    And those creepy stalkers – yikes! I get them from LinkedIn, from time to time. I ignore and block them as I don’t have time for stupid games.

    Thank you for following ThusNSuch.

  6. francisashis says:

    Yes,it is very addictive.I really like your post.

  7. I am hoping to make a living from my web pursuits so do spend a lot of time on it. But yes, when I am saturated I just stay away. My soul seems to know it. Mornings are a good time for me to focus on stuff like this, commenting on people’s blogs I find interesting.

    For me web relationships – if one can call it that – can be nice because they bypass many of the usual biases and hindrances. But yes, they are only half the story. It’s always a bit of a shock when people send a selfie. The soul image (I get in my mind) and the physical appearance are not always identical! And if audio is sent the accent/dialect is also a wake-up call that web relationships are not full relationships.

    Then again, people can be fake and liars in “real” relationships. So I don’t necessarily write off getting to know someone – to some extent – on the web.

    Just my thoughts on your thought-provoking piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • MG WELLS says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I agree with many of them. Some folks make a living online so they have to deal with it more due to their business. I have a different situation than yours so I will only use it when I need to. Since I deal with my artwork and writings in progress (WIP) as well as my daily personal matters, spending so much of my time on social media is exhausting. Just tweeting everyone there is tiresome. Wishing you much success and a great day. Blessings to you…๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Daniel Kemp says:

    There is a helluva lot of truth in what you say there.

    • MG WELLS says:

      Thanks Daniel. I know it is necessary for authors and others to use the social media. I just found it to be so time consuming with little benefits. It can be fun at times. It just feels like a lot of work for me. Thanks for sharing and reblogging too. Blessings to you and wishing you a lovely day. PS: If you follow my blog, you can post your comments whenever you want to. I do not blog a lot since it a lot of work too. Thanks for your support.

  9. MG, your thoughts here are very honest and accurate. Social Media can become addictive. I ignore my Facebook now because of all the negativity and ridiculous things I saw. I look now and then to check up on family members. Nobody seems to actually visit or talk to one another anymore. Just texting. I agree with what you say. I went to Twitter to connect with other writers. So far it’s okay. If I get overwhelmed I log out. Take a break. The blog is to practice sharing my work. Your article gave great insight and I will be thoughtful and careful with my use of social media platforms. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.๐Ÿ’œ

    • MG WELLS says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Marilyn. Yes, it can be and it keeps getting more vile in my opinion. I agree, I’d rather have lunch with someone or at least chat on the tele. I appreciate you taking the time to share. Wishing you many blessings in your life and work. ๐ŸŒธ

      • ๐Ÿ’œMG, yes, I miss the days when you could actually hear the person’s voice. Oh well, times are changing as my kids say. I wish only the very best for you as well, MG.๐Ÿ’•

  10. Robynn Gabel says:

    Way back at the beginning of Facebook I got addicted to Farmville. LOL Now as an author, I concentrate on only hitting the media for low keyed advertising of my books and interactions with my family. I have time slotted for 7 social sites, Goodreads, Pinterest, KDP, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and WordPress. I only check in, reply and get out. You hit the nail on the head. To easy to get sucked into the cesspool of opinions, weird people, and wasting time. The internet has lost its good side, seeking information, and has gone to the dark side of advertising. Just like a carnival. You are smart to limit. Very good article. Now I’m off to look at your books. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • MG WELLS says:

      Thanks so much Robynn and I agree with your feelings too. Twitter and WordPress are a lot for me to handle. I occasionally go to GoodReads and that is it. I appreciate your interest and surprised this post is getting more attention than I thought it would. It is good to know others feel similar. Wishing you many blessings in your life and work .๐ŸŒธ

  11. Onisha Ellis says:

    At one time I enjoyed my time on social media, especially Twitter. It was fun to interact with people across the globe. Then Twitter became not so much fun. I do enjoy seeing your tweets and am sorry I am not online enough to retweet often.

  12. I believe I’ve fallen into the social media dark hole. I tweet and post to find readers. The payoff is low. I’ve been thinking about stepping back. I’m afraid my books will fall into their own hole of obscurity.

    • MG WELLS says:

      I can relate to this Susanne. It is so hard to find readers and I have tweeted your tweets and they are enticing, creative and diverse. I am only tweeting one to two new tweets a day and that is it. I have forgotten to pay bills due to twitter. It is so addictive. It is also a madhouse. So is FB Instagram and all the others, which is why I left. Wishing you many blessings in your life and work. Enjoy the day and thanks for sharing.

  13. This is a great post. In my opinion, social media just reveals what we already have inside of us, but then has the ability to also amplify it’s results. For example, people that get addicted to social media may have already had propensity for addiction anyways. I actually wrote about this recently.

  14. Thanks. Will give you a follow too!!

  15. MG WELLS says:

    Thanks and enjoy the day!

  16. Interesting and very apt. It is the need of the hour. Do find time to visit my perspective on this here

  17. gsnprog says:

    We have to manage it. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Himanaya says:

    Loved your post! I’d be delighted if you check out mine on a similar topic-

  19. francisashis says:

    Very helpful post and I agree with your thoughts. Addiction to social media is destroying lovely relations and creating a lot of problems in many spheres of modern life.Thank you very much for sharing.๐Ÿ’•

  20. MG WELLS says:

    My pleasure and thank you ๐Ÿ’•

  21. I am not addicted.
    I see to my Blog and read others.
    That’s All

  22. MG WELLS says:

    I comment when I am able since I am so busy. It is the same thing about reviewing books. It helps indie authors get recognized. Rarely are my wordpress blogs a pain to publish. Writing books it a lot more work. Thanks for sharing again and blessings to you ๐ŸŒท

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