Use of social media is extremely common in America, especially among young people who have grown up in a digitally connected world. Unfortunately, a number of social media users develop dysfunctional patterns of behavior that point to a form of non-physical addiction. In recent years, researchers have started exploring the driving factors behind social media addiction. Let’s examine some of the results of these research efforts.
Motor vehicle crashes rank among the top causes of death in the U.S. Sleepy driving is the leading or contributing factor in 21% of fatal crashes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research also finds that drivers who don’t get enough sleep are to blame for 7% of all collisions and 13% of collisions that result in a hospital admission.
If you get less than five hours of shut-eye a night, or have slept for less than seven hours in the last 24 hours, your odds of being involved in a crash are greatly increased. In fact, sleepy driving can look a lot like drunk driving. Driving after only four to five hours of sleep is similar to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s estimates of the danger of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of 0.08%.
And while drowsy driving usually occurs when an individual hasn’t gotten enough sleep, it can also happen due to medications, sleep disorders, alcohol or shift work.
For many, mental health and addiction issues are daunting; limiting quality of life and creating an environment of shame. When symptoms manifest, sometimes only the individual and those in their immediate circles are aware that they exist. Fear arises when one considers those among extended family, friends, co-workers and employers finding out.