“To everything there is a season a time for every purpose under heaven» (Ecclesiastes 3: I)
Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes includes an extensive list of examples of behaviors and experiences through which the majority of the human beings go through. They all seem grouped in pairs that represent opposite ends of behaviors: to destroy and to when edify, remain end silent and speak, laugh and cry, keep and throw …There are moments when one and or the other is justified, but only at some time and extent this is the case for many usual actions: they are good in moderation, but they can be very dangerous in excess.
Cyber addiction includes any addictive behavior on the Internet. Social media is a specific case of possible addiction. It is an invaluable tool especially when it is difficult to keep in touch with family or friends who are far away. technology makes communication possible through words and images, not only between two people, but between many contacts simultaneously. «The media have revived friendships that could not have been possible before. Unfortunately, many people end up spending too much time on it and others show symptoms specific to addiction.
The one who reaches the addictive limit starts his day by checking if somebody posted a notification, photo or link. Taking advantage of being online, they leave a message or update some information so others can be alerted or can answer back. He connects on a daily basis, even many times a day. notifications encourage him to answer, and if there is none, he gets disappointed. The excessive time spent online hinders the fulfillment of his duties (work, family, home, studies, etc.). He reduces his sleeping hours in order to cope with the excessive time spent on social media. Sooner or later, by himself or by the intervention of a loved one, he decides to minimize or abandon the connection, but he feels incredibly uncomfortable, nervous and anxious. It is very similar to the withdrawal syndrome associated with chemical addictions.
The professionals of such cases recommend eliminating or reducing the use of social media. However, it is necessary to fill that void. What better activity than building relationships with real flesh and blood people. What better people than those who have solid principles and moral and religious values. If you think you are heading toward a dangerous situation due to the use of social media, seek someone or a religious or service-oriented group and befriend them. Finally, who do you trust to receive superhuman assistance from? The Psalmist reminds us, «But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God’. My times are in Your hand» (Ps. 31:14, 15).