Rae Dylan has worked in the recovery field for 15 years as a “sober coach,” helping addicts of every stripe regain control of their lives, including those battling the latest affliction–social media addiction. Although academic research is scarce, social media addiction has started to gain recognition among psychologists. Two ground-breaking studies overseas discovered individuals who compulsively checked and updated their social media accounts to the point of disrupting their lives and ability to hold a job. “In the last two years, with Instagram and other social media, it’s become almost a pastime of a lot of people, across the board,” she says.
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