Twitter = Digital Addiction / Digital Addiction = Twitter

What do you think of when you think of gambling? Some people may think of it as a good time they do once in a while. But many many many people (non-gamblers) think of it as – addiction.

What do you think of when you think of social media? You'd be hard-pressed to find people that do not use social media, but the answer to that question is – addiction. Social media should, and will be, categorized in the general public's vocabulary as “addiction” as the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the subject of social media in the not-too-distant future.

Right now, what do you think of when you think of the term “social media”? What words pop into your mind? Can you even verbalize them? Or just get the sensation of the concept? I am guessing it is a sensation and nothing more, and it is probably extremely neurologically stimulating, and that is what addiction is. No one can put into clear words what addiction is actually like. If addiction specialists had such words or descriptions narrowed down, the medical world would have come much further in treating the disease.

After almost 2+ years of reading up on and studying the subject(s) of addiction and social media, I can come to one universal conclusion as to how to get off of it. Cold Turkey. The last thing someone wants to hear whether they are struggling with the addiction of alcohol, narcotics, or social media. It is always put into the hands of the addict, themselves.

My only hope for society, is that awareness is brought to this subject and people choose to make healthier decisions in their life before some landmark study comes out similar to the Surgeon General's Report of the 1960s stating that cigarettes cause lung cancer. Addiction simply never ends well.