Social Media and the Era of Addiction

Kurtuluş K., KURTULUŞ S. , BULUT D.

8th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlando Florida, United States Of America, 15 - 18 July 2014, vol.1, no.1, pp.110-115

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: Orlando Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.110-115


Internet and mobile communication technologies had sink into the modern life and changed many of the habits. People do not memorize phone numbers or have phonebooks, use paper maps or check transportation schedules on paper anymore. Everything is online and available. Information search is easy and accessible not only on computer but also with smart phones, almost always and everywhere.

Using internet for search or information gathering is just one aspect of using these communication technologies. Another dimension that internet evolved is entertainment and socializing purposes. People can chat, share, create content in different media types from music to video , play games and cluster around some common interest and even form communities. The social networks consume most of people’s time online. Checking e-mail, status updates, facebook or twitter becomes a crucial habit, which also transported to smart phones.

Especially young population is so used to spend time online, not just work/study purposes but also for leisure, this becomes another part of their life. People tend to react absence of internet or mobile connection as a withdraw; and feels missing or empty when they can share their lives online through social media. This is no different than alcohol, drug, gambling or shopping addiction People realize that it takes over the control of their time and life, try to control or cut back but somehow feel the urge to spend more time online. They lie about the behavior, or even feel the need to hide or use the social media as a tool to escape from the problems. (Young, 1998).

This study focuses on Turkey with its young generation dominated demographic structure, and aim to capture the picture of the internet and social media usage habits of younger generation. The internet usage, social media usage patterns and the main reasons and preferences are examined. The addiction level of the young population is tried to be captured and tried to be defined the mainstream addiction behavior patterns.