Social media addiction is a growing concern 

Psychologists estimate tens of millions of Americans are addicted to social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. While adults and teens both use the platforms, social media addiction statistics indicate that the younger generation is more easily addicted and more susceptible to negative effects such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts leading to an increase in social media addiction lawsuits.

Since the early 2000s, social media has revolutionized the way we connect with one another. Social media has evolved since the days of Myspace, the very first platform. Dozens of other platforms have since emerged, from Facebook to Twitter to YouTube and TikTok, capturing the attention of larger and larger audiences.

In 2005, just five percent of Americans used social media. By 2021, a staggering 72 percent of Americans had active social media accounts.

It’s estimated that more than 4.8 billion people worldwide actively use social media every day. By 2027, nearly six billion people are expected to use social media daily.

However, social media appears to carry some risks. Among them is the risk of addiction.


Statistics clearly show that social media has become a huge part of our lives. This is particularly true for children, teens, and young adults, who are now spending hours every day using social media.

• The average person spends two hours and 27 minutes on social media every day.

• It’s estimated that 210 million people worldwide are addicted to social media.

• More than half of all drivers admit to checking social media behind the wheel.

• Overuse of social media in children and teens can literally rewire their brains.

• Roughly 42 percent of teens admit that social media keeps them from connecting with friends in person.

• In a recent survey, 70 percent of teens said they feel left out or excluded because of social media.

• Suicide rates among teens have increased in the age of social media.

• Social media is more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes.

These statistics on social media addiction were compiled by the Lanier Law Firm. To learn more, visit here.

Published by Tim Rowden

The Grief Project is dedicated to sharing the stories of suicide loss survivors as well as information and research on suicide, mental health, advocacy and prevention. I’m a suicide loss survivor, husband, father, writer and journalist, with 33 years experience as a reporter and editor. I believe sharing our stories can help help others who are struggling, whether they are loss survivors or struggling with depression or other mental health issues. We honor them and honor our loved ones by sharing our stories.

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