Tech Addiction or Habit? 5 Ways to Assess Your Social-Media Use

We all feel like we’re addicted to our phones at times, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or chiming in on the latest Twitter scandal—even when we suspect we shouldn’t. How we address our behavior depends on whether we truly have an addiction, or an unhealthy habit we can kick with a few adjustments. 

People throw around the word addiction loosely, but few people are truly dependent on social media, according to mental-health experts. Addiction itself is a spectrum disorder that can range from mild to severe, and treatment can require therapy and a lengthy break.