The media addiction problem is far more serious than most people realize, and has been for a while.
The problem started when social media and its accompanying addiction to news and social networks began to take root in our everyday lives.
This became especially apparent with the rise of the internet in the mid-1990s.
Now, according to a report from the US-based media consultancy Media Insight, this has become a much bigger problem than people realize.
“More than half of the world’s internet users have been using social media in the past six months, and almost two-thirds of these users are addicted to news feeds,” the report said.
It’s not just people addicted to social media, either.
A report by Media Insight found that 43 percent of Americans have a newsfeed addiction, and that more than half a million Americans are addicted, including two million Americans who regularly read Facebook posts or news feeds.
And as it turns out, social media is just one of the big issues affecting our lives.
There are many other issues, too, from drug and alcohol use, to obesity, mental health and sexual health to financial struggles and depression.
The media addiction study, which surveyed 1,000 people from all over the world, found that the average age of the people surveyed was just 30.
They were mostly middle-aged and well-educated people, but they also included a large number of people who were unemployed or underemployed.
“The average age at which the people had been addicted to the media was 26, and their rate of addiction was 13.5 percent,” Media Insight said.
They were more likely to be male, white, have a college degree and be between the ages of 18 and 35.
The report also found that there was a significant correlation between the age of those surveyed and the amount of news they read.
“People who were addicted to their news consumption were also more likely than those who did not have an addiction to consume more news than those with no addiction,” it said.
Media Insight also found a correlation between internet use and addiction, too.
“Internet addiction is often associated with media consumption and addiction to media, but not exclusively so,” the study said.
For example, those who were exposed to news on a daily basis were more prone to an addiction, while those who read news in a short period of time were less likely to develop an addiction.
However, even those who had a news addiction were not immune to the problem.
People who have a Facebook addiction are more likely “to be less likely than their non-addicted peers to report a negative experience with a news source”, it said, adding that “the magnitude of the media addiction risk is larger for non-adherents.”
What can you do?
It is important to get help if you are struggling with addiction to social networks.
“The biggest barrier to recovery for most people is that they cannot break their addiction,” the Media Insight report said, and there are plenty of things you can do to help.