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All of this for "likes" and to be popular on social networks!

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Would you be trapped by e-addiction? Take our mini quiz to see! 😉


Which changes to Aïa’s behaviour alert her friends about the issues she is facing?

A - She lies to her friends.

True, Aïa says she hurt herself by slipping in the shower when she actually did it while taking part in a dangerous dare, so she could be more popular on social networks. Note: social network addiction can cause people to tell lies.

B - She avoids them and says she doesn’t have time to see them anymore.

Also true! When someone suddenly changes their behaviour towards others, we need to question it. Social network addiction often creates isolation from the usual friendship group.

C - At home, she avoids family diners and more generally avoids her family.

Also true! Escaping from family and believing that it can be replaced with virtual friends, is one of the main risks of addiction to social networks, as is the quest for likes, which triggers a positive feeling followed by a big sense of emptiness afterwards.


Which risks does Aïa take to get more likes?

A - She hurts herself.

True. To impress her virtual friends and get more likes, she feels she has to post videos of more and more extreme dares and ends up taking risks by accepting dangerous challenges.

B - None.

Wrong, to impress her vituals friends and obtain likes from them, she’s ready to take unecessary and dangerous risks.

C - To lose her friends.

Also true! By neglecting her real-life friends and focusing on virtual friends, she may lose her friends and end up truly isolated.


Should you limit screen time to make it easier to break away from social networks?

A - Yes.

True, the first thing to do when a social network addiction forms, in particular and to screens, is to limit time spent in front of screens, which is often underestimated. There are apps designed to help control our screen time. Then, we need to fix a maximum screen time and stick to it. Sometimes it’s necessary to seek support from friends or family.

B - No.

Wrong. Reducing screen time is crucial for breaking free from social networks and the addiction they can create. Deciding to switch off screens at a certain time, not to bring phones into your room, and getting help from friends or adults, can help take back the control of your time, life and to limit the influence that emotions created by social networks can have on us.

C - It depends…

True. Some of us are naturally able to manage our screen time but most of us aren’t. So yes, limiting screen time is often the first step. And if you can’t cut your screen time down alone, then the addiction is already quite evolved, meaning you need to seek the support of a parent or an adult.