Can Gen Z break free from social media addiction? – BBC News

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Social media apps, designed to be addictive, are playing an increasingly large role in the lives of young people (or ‘Gen Z’).

Rikki Schlott created an Instagram account when she was 11. She now says she feels the app – and the pressure to post perfection – stole parts of her childhood.

As Facebook comes under fire for the impact its apps can have on teens, experts explain how algorithms have made social media the new “drug of choice”.

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Rachel Floyd October 11, 2021 - 12:32 AM

I think someone should do a study on me, I don't do any social media unless you count YouTube. I saw the warning signs early where work colleagues would sit in close proximity to each other yet would only interact with their phones, social media ?, I don't think so.

Asad Malik October 11, 2021 - 12:33 AM

Yeah social media addiction can be a huge problem. Digital wellbeing and app timers really help

Anita Serjeantson October 11, 2021 - 12:34 AM

Thanks for report.

Something Grand October 11, 2021 - 12:35 AM

Gen z really millennials don’t even have an intimate life. Oh please.

Amir Mohammad Noor Mohammad October 11, 2021 - 12:36 AM

Remember Afghanistan 🇦🇫please.

English Bulldog October 11, 2021 - 12:36 AM

The bbc trying to predent its not doing adds for instagram and other social media platforms

Something Grand October 11, 2021 - 12:36 AM

I think I’m going to ban social media from my life including YouTube.

Andrew Hoult October 11, 2021 - 12:37 AM

the narcissism of women will not end. men are best to ignore and avoid them.

Darien Station October 11, 2021 - 12:38 AM


Saved you 5 mins of your life.

Dale de Vernon October 11, 2021 - 12:38 AM

The issues relating to social media obviously need to be regulated.
Mental health existed long before social media apps.
The experts equate this to tobacco, drugs or alcohol. If so, then at some point you need to take responsibility and STOP using it.

HMQ October 11, 2021 - 12:38 AM

If only women knew that they're all hot, basically.

Prince Andy on an E October 11, 2021 - 12:39 AM

lol no

Home Wall October 11, 2021 - 12:39 AM

I guess TV, radio, magazines and newspapers never cared if you stayed with them for longer time to see/hear ads, right?

What you call "addiction" is just you showing your preference of what you like and enjoy spending your time on. Or you are a fool.

And the nonsense that ALL girls/women agree with this assessment is proof this is just an agenda-driven attack against competing entertainment that the BBC other mainstream media bring out when they traffic in nothing more than negative, sensationalist "news."

joey blaq October 11, 2021 - 12:40 AM

The other day Zuckerberg's drugs went off the streets for a few hours…….the panic😬

Jonny Gertmunger October 11, 2021 - 12:41 AM

evil lying bbc filth

the bbc credo is about sexually abusing children and raping babies

Marialena 23 October 11, 2021 - 12:43 AM

It should be called "antisocial media"

Anon October 11, 2021 - 12:43 AM

I wake up. I grab my phone. I eat I scroll my phone. I sleep. I use my phone.
So when is everyone getting a home phone again..

paul hoskin October 11, 2021 - 12:43 AM

I feel sorry for social media addicts

Jason Harris October 11, 2021 - 12:44 AM

I have social media take it or leave it for me …..
Other people very weak minded people

Karen Ashley October 11, 2021 - 12:45 AM

When you consider these hand held phones are causing bee deaths and brain cancer and cancer on any part of the body where they are stored, that should be enough to closet them.

nriab23 October 11, 2021 - 12:46 AM

Am I the only person who simply doesn't give a f%uk about what influencers have to say or sell, or what people think about me with regards to photos or witty updates? Sure social media is great to stay connected in ways impossible in the past. but I'm not having anyone judge me.

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Lux animo October 11, 2021 - 12:49 AM

Me, a millennia who is growing up with dirt and see the evolution of the Internet. Kinda amazing and also scary how the world has become.

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Beasts October 11, 2021 - 12:53 AM

Prince An drew "I let them play on their phones while I play with them"

Rocco Starbuck October 11, 2021 - 12:55 AM

Sod the BBC.

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Alexandra October 11, 2021 - 12:55 AM

“Our childhoods were stolen” ?!?

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Lana Davies October 11, 2021 - 1:03 AM

Yes! More stories like this! Thank you 😊

Bravo-01 October 11, 2021 - 1:07 AM

Social Media is made for businesses to make money out of regular people.

tri0le October 11, 2021 - 1:07 AM

Long story short:
No, no we can’t

SarahLeann October 11, 2021 - 1:07 AM

Stopped using social media around 3 years ago. Haven't missed it one bit

Melissa October 11, 2021 - 1:08 AM

The real question is will they find their mates and have children. Real life is very different then social media.

M October 11, 2021 - 1:10 AM