According to Statista, 167,000,000 videos are watched per minute on TikTok.
Mexico ranks fifth in monthly active users on TikTok.
56% of TikTok users worldwide are women.
Psychiatrists and psychologists in Spain presented their concern about addiction to social networks which is becoming more and more frequent among young Spaniards, especially the addiction to TikTok, the fashionable social network.
The Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid has opened a center to investigate, prevent and treat this type of addiction to new technologies.
According to some statistics Tiktok is the sixth most used social network during 2022 with 1,000 million active users in the month of January of the same year.
The concern about addiction to new technologies and social networks such as TikTok is present in specialists because, according to studies and articles, withdrawal syndrome occurs in young people with this addiction.
What is the withdrawal syndrome?
According to a guide from the National Commission Against Addictions (CONADIC), The withdrawal syndrome is the set of physical and psychological disorders that those who have already developed dependence on a drug present when they abruptly suspend their consumption or decrease it significantly after a prolonged period of ingestion.
These behaviors have also been seen in people who are addicted to social networks and ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies).
According to the article Addiction to new technologies and social networks in young people: a new challenge by Enrique Echeburúa, There are alarm indicators of this addiction, for example:
- Deprive yourself of sleep to be connected to the network
- Neglect other important activities, such as contact with family, social relationships, study or health care.
- Receive complaints regarding the use of the network from someone close to you, such as parents or siblings.
- Thinking about the network constantly, even when not connected to it, and feeling excessively irritated when the connection fails or is very slow.
- Trying to limit the connection time, without success, and losing track of time.
- Lying about the real time you are online or playing a video game.
- Socially withdraw, be irritable and lower performance in studies.
- Feeling abnormal euphoria and activation when in front of the computer.
Spanish psychiatrists and psychologists warn of negative consequences. Ricardo Hodann, a clinical psychologist, explains that they need more and more Tik Tok, to connect for longer. “We see the withdrawal syndrome: if they don’t have the application, anxiety appears, a very intense discomfort … a panic attack could occur,” he said.