It is still a fairly common practice to rationalize away the social media induced anxiety. The bigger challenge is describing the psychic energy pulling us all down into an internet k hole.
(As I am typing this I caught myself reaching for my phone to check Instagram, like what the hell is happening to my brain)
For the excessive use of social media to be classified as social media addiction places a profound amount of responsibility on the individual user and not the architecture of the platform being designed in a way that makes you want to engage as often as possible.
ITS TIME WE START QUESTIONING THE REAL PROBLEM AT HAND. WE HAD NO SAY IN ARCHITECTURE OF THESE PLATFORMS. It doesn't matter if the person next you is taking a selfie, its a bigger problem than that now, its that the infrastructure that cultivated the selfie behavior was designed intentionally behind our back. DEMAND SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
“The point of the design, often, seems to produce experiences of highly channeled pseudo-action that gratify the need to exercise the will, even if only in the merely formal sense of pushing a button, or choosing something from a menu of options” -MATTHEW CRAWFORD THE WORLD BEYOND YOUR HEAD