Digital Addiction: 9 out of 10 adults are addicted

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

Technology acts like a drug for some people. For many digital addicts, they walk around in a foggy stupor, their brains numbed by the amount of time they spend in front of a screen. A new poll that was conducted this month by The Trending Machine reported that 92% of adults are addicted to at least one thing in the digital world, with social media being the main addiction.  

A little over a third of the adults admitted to be dependent on social media and others admitted being hooked on online games (15%), streaming music (14%), online shopping (14%), online video (9%), and so on. Even though streaming movies or music may not seem like an addictive behavior, it can lead to addiction, because the brain begins to get trained to need the constant stimulus. In addition, more women are addicted to social media than men and men are more likely to be addicted to streaming videos or music. Furthermore, younger adults (18-24) were more likely to report being obsessed with social media and online games, whereas adults over the age of 55 reported only reported a 10% addiction to shopping online. (1)

This poll is eye opening, simply because it shows that people of all ages and interest levels are becoming hooked to the digital world. There are great things to be enjoyed and experienced when technology is used in moderation, but for many people, it has become something that cannot be controlled. The key is learning how to say no to turning off the computer or smartphone and realizing when enough is enough.  Begin using technology as a tool in moderation, rather than having it be the thing that controls you. Technology addiction is still something that is relatively new in today’s society, but it is something that more and more people are struggling with on a daily basis. Digital addiction is very real and it is becoming a very powerful drug that is accessible to virtually anyone today. 

If you believe that you or someone you know is addicted to online gaming, social media, or something else in the technology world, it is important to seek help. 


1.Leflein, Bobbie. “More than 9 in 10 Adults Report Online Addiction.” Leflein Custom Research Excellence. December 17, 2014. Accessed December 21, 2014.