87 Addiction And Social Media Addiction Quotes

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 87 of the best addiction quotes and social media addiction quotes.

Why did I gather them?

Because I’ve been finding myself guilty of… addiction.


Social media and internet addiction.

I’ve always been a seeker of information.

I love to learn.

I love to see what’s new.

What are the latest tips and news on happiness?

On mental health?

On Bitcoin?

On world news?

But it’s been too much lately and I’m considering changing this bad habit.

I hope you’ll learn and get inspired to decrease or stop your addictions too.

These quotes are the best ones I’ve found about

  • addiction
  • social media addiction
  • Internet addiction
  • smartphone addiction


Top 10 Addiction Quotes

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The chains of addiction are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. Charlie Munger

Addiction is a revolt of the soul. Yehuda Berg

Addiction is a progressive narrowing of the things that bring you pleasure. Andrew Huberman

Fighting any addiction requires us to admit it firstly and seek help or even rehabilitation. Mufti Menk

Comfort is the worst addiction. Marcus Aurelius

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The relentless pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain, leads to pain. Anna Lembke

Addiction is giving up everything for one thing. Recovery is giving up one thing for everything. Unknown

In an age of abundance, the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake leads to addiction. Naval Ravikant

Addiction is perhaps a sickness of the spirit. Osamu Dazai

Ask not why the addiction, but why the pain. Gabor Maté


More Quotes About Addiction

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The addict needs an ever-larger dose to experience less and less satisfaction and relief. Andrew Wilkinson (Source)

Addiction is the number one disease in our civilization. Deepak Chopra

The addict is the one with low self-awareness and low self-understanding. Maxime Lagacé

An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production. Robin Sharma

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Almost everyone is an addict – when addiction is defined as a manic reliance on something as a defence against dark thoughts. Alain de Botton

The priority of any addict is to anaesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief. Russell Brand

Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you – it’s the cage you live in. Johann Hari

It was an addiction. A pointless, self-destructive addiction. But really, is there any other kind? Rachel Vincent

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Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. Carl Jung (Memories, Dreams, Reflections)

Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love. Cornel West

Modern food is made to keep you addicted. Modern news is made to keep you addicted. Modern shows are made to keep you addicted. Modern technology is made to keep you addicted. Addiction is the end game. Profit is what they seek. Jose Rosado

The majority of men are discontented with their life, and seek the pleasures of the flesh. But the flesh can never be satisfied, and men… seek oblivion in smoking or drunkenness. Leo Tolstoy

Sobriety is a myth, you always find a new addiction. Thibaut

We’ve transformed the world from a place of scarcity to a place of overwhelming abundance. Anna Lembke

One of the biggest risk factors for getting addicted to any drug is easy access to that drug. Anna Lembke

It’s pretty exhausting avoiding yourself all the time. Anna Lembke

Addiction is an increasing desire for an act that gives less and less satisfaction. Aldous Huxley


Social Media Addiction Quotes (+Smartphone, Gaming, Internet, TV)

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Social media is to the mind what sugar is to the body. Unknown

But I have to warn you: Scrolling will never be enough. Jason Reynolds

Scrolling is the new smoking. Joshua Fields Millburn

Are you using your device or is your device using you? Denzel Washington

It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time. Alexis Ohanian

Checking social media is the new opening the fridge when you’re not hungry. Matthew Kobach

If you can’t control your mind, everything and everyone else will. Joe Dispenza

Blaming social media for society’s problems is like blaming booze for an alcoholic’s problems. Joshua Fields Millburn

By bringing the world together, social media is tearing it apart. Naval Ravikant

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The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The tools needed to feed your technology addiction are ubiquitous. They’re inescapable. Damon Zahariades

If you regularly sacrifice sleep to surf the Internet, play video games, or hang out on social media, you may indeed be a “techaholic.” Damon Zahariades

The better the tech, the harder we’re hooked. David Foster Wallace

Internet addiction is real. Millions of people suffer from it. And when they’re prevented from going online, they experience withdrawal symptoms that are like those suffered by drug addicts. Damon Zahariades

The smartphone is the modern-day, hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine, 24/7 for a wired generation. Anna Lembke

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The Internet is as useful as your self-control. Shane Parrish

Most of us would rather read a book than stare at our phones, but we’re so tired that mindless scrolling is all we have energy to do. Anne Helen Petersen

Social media is addictive precisely because it gives us something which the real world lacks: it gives us immediacy, direction, a sense of clarity and value as an individual. David Amerland

Sorry to interrupt your scrolling, but are you ok? Unknown

The Internet promotes compulsive, overconsumption, not nearly by providing increased access to drugs, old and new, but also buy suggesting behaviors that otherwise may never have occurred to us. Anna Lembke

We’ve conquered boredom, but at the expense of connection. Joshua Fields Millburn

Less scrolling, more living. Unknown


Understanding Addiction Quotes

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Our brains are not evolved for this world of plenty. Anna Lembke

The reason we’re all so miserable may be because we’re working so hard to avoid being miserable. Anna Lembke

An addict is never “fixed” after getting his “fix.” For after that spark of pleasure, misery always awaits. There are no exceptions— pleasure and misery are two sides of the same coin. Joshua Fields Millburn

With prolonged and repeated exposure to pleasurable stimuli, our capacity to tolerate pain decreases, and our threshold for experiencing pleasure increases. Anna Lembke

You can’t find peace by avoiding yourself. Maxime Lagacé

Addiction is just a little hiding place where sensitive people can go so we don’t have to be touched by love or pain. Glennon Doyle Melton

We’ve lost the ability to tolerate even minor forms of discomfort. We’re constantly seeking to distract ourselves from the present moment, to be entertained. Anna Lembke

It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour. Gabor Maté

The release of dopamine in our brains is the one constant behind all addictions. Studies have shown that playing video games triggers its release. Spending time on Facebook, reading text messages, and searching Google does, too. You experience the same effect when you inhale nicotine, drink caffeine, and take hits of cocaine (or so studies show). Damon Zahariades

Smartphones have become so pervasive in our society that most of us now carry one. The problem is, their use stimulates the reward center of the brain in a way that encourages dependency. This dependency sets the stage for the onset of a full-blown addiction. Damon Zahariades

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The feeling that “no one is listening to me” make us want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us. Sherry Turkle

What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood. Alice Miller

Addiction is when you can’t get enough of what you don’t want any more. Deepak Chopra

An addiction is anything we do to avoid hearing the messages that body and soul are trying to send us. Marion Woodman

Our phones and other devices enrich our lives in myriad ways. The problem is, continued use makes us increasingly dependent on them. The more we use our phones, tablets, and laptops for non-work activities – for example, surfing Facebook and Pinterest or playing games – the greater becomes our dependency on them. That’s the road to addiction. Damon Zahariades

The first question to ask is not what is wrong with an addiction, but what is right about it. What benefit is the person deriving from their habit. What does it do for them, what are they getting that they otherwise can’t access. This inquiry is key to understanding any addiction. Gabor Maté

We are all addicted to something, not necessarily a substance. A way of thinking, being, reacting, and it comes from somewhere. Gabor Maté

Helpful And Encouraging Addiction Quotes

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If you want to stop addiction in its tracks, the best thing to do is remove the option. Andrew Wilkinson

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

If you replace mindless social media scrolling with reading and learning, a year from now you won’t recognize yourself. Jonathan Levi

Feel the wounded heart that’s underneath the addiction, self-loathing, or anger. Pema Chödrön

Addiction is rarely conquered alone. Ellen Hopkins

Practice social media distancing. Sahil Lavingia

If you want to feel less overwhelmed, make progress on your goals, and have more time for you – it’s time to break your phone addiction. Mel Robbins

I have seen again and again in clinical care, and in my own life, how the simple exercise of abstaining from our drug of choice for at least four weeks gives clarifying insight into our behaviors. Insight that simply is not possible while we continue to use. Anna Lembke

Abstinence rests the brains reward pathway and with it our capacity to take joy and simpler pleasures. Anna Lembke

With intermittent exposure to pain, our natural hedonic set point gets weighted to the side of pleasure, such that we become less vulnerable to pain and more able to feel pleasure over time. Anna Lembke

Because you live in an information tsunami does not mean you have to surf it. Brian Norgard

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There is a cost to medicating away every type of human suffering, and as we shall see, there is an alternative path that might work better: embracing pain. Anna Lembke

I urge you to find a way to immerse yourself fully in the life that you’ve been given. To stop running from whatever you’re trying to escape, and instead to stop, and turn, and face whatever it is. Then I dare you to walk toward it. In this way, the world may reveal itself to you as something magical and awe-inspiring that does not require escape. Anna Lembke

Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change. Jamie Lee Curtis

In short, an inability to focus stemming from an addiction to technology can have long-ranging negative impacts on your life. There are numerous strategies for improving your focus. One is to unplug. If you’re struggling with an Internet addiction, a phone addiction, or any other tech-related obsession, you need a digital detox. Damon Zahariades

Recovery is not a race. You don’t have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would. Unknown

Let it go. Change the channel. Turn it off. Unsubscribe. Unfollow. Mute. Block. Walk away. Breathe. Joshua Fields Millburn

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. J.K. Rowling

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost


Key Takeaways

  • The first step to stop an addiction? Being aware of your addiction.
  • The second step is honesty and acceptance: you’re human and imperfect, but you can do better.
  • Remember: if you always choose what’s easy (taking your “drug”), it won’t change. Learn to face your pain. Face yourself.
  • Social media, gaming, and Netflix are fine. But too much of it, like sugar, is bad.
  • The final choice is yours: will you control yourself, or will you let your addiction control you?

Visual For Addiction Quotes

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The modern devil is cheap dopamine. Naval Ravikant

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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February 1, 2024

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