Mindfulness and the Social MediaEdo Shonina*, William Van Gordona and Mark D Griffithsa
Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Edo Shonina
Division of Psychology, Chaucer Building
Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, UK
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Received Date: March 11, 2014; Accepted Date: May 28, 2014; Published Date: June 04, 2014
Citation: Shonina E, Gordona WV, Griffithsa MD (2014) Mindfulness and the Social Media. J Mass Communicat Journalism 4:194. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000194
Copyright: © 2014 Shonina E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The number of people engaging in and using social media has increased substantially over the past decade. Recent research has also suggested that a minority of individuals appear to be addicted to social media (e.g., socalled ‘Facebook’ addiction). Another area that has seen substantial growth during the same time period is the use of mindfulness. Following a brief overview of both excessive social media use and the basic concepts relating to what mindfulness is, this paper commentary briefly reviews some of the main issues in these two areas and suggests that mindfulness might be a useful therapeutic intervention that alleviates problems associated with social media use (given that mindfulness has been used successfully in the treatment of other behavioral addictions such as addictions to gambling and work). Given the few studies carried out on excessive social media usage, it is concluded there is a need for more methodologically robust research exploring the prevalence, aetiology, and correlates of maladaptive social media behaviour.