Is checking Instagram an addiction or a habit? | The Tylt

Is checking Instagram an addiction or a habit?

Instagram went from 10 million users in its first year to 800 million users as of September 2017. Many say that is crack-level popularity, and those numbers prove people are actually addicted to the app. Even celebrities are attempting Instagram detoxes. But others say the word addiction gets thrown around too much—dopamine isn't addictive, and labeling our bad habits around our phones "addiction" demeans the struggles real addicts face. Is the 'gram really addictive or just a craving? 📱 💊

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Social media is consciously designed to be irresistible.

Author Adam Alter says the gratification Instagram provides is similar to that of other addictive behaviors like drug abuse or gambling. And Computer World's Mike Elgan says the more refined those designs get, the more futile resistance becomes.

Most of the major social network companies, as well as social content creators, are working hard every day to make their networks so addictive that you can't resist them.
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But others say comparing a smartphone to heroin or opioids isn't just a stupid misnomer: it's disrespectful to the actual struggle of actual addicts. 

No one was ever hospitalized for withdrawal from social media. Actual withdrawal from actual addictive substances can kill you. Stop making excuses for the fact that you just can't put down your phone.

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Others say the clinical definition of addiction doesn't matteractual science shows Instagram is bad for your health, but people cannot stop using it.

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Others say it's just a bad habit. 

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Is checking Instagram an addiction or a habit?
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