“[Social media] can make you more prone to that immediate satisfaction,” Short said. “However, there’s no concept of what’s really happening.”
According to news website Business Insider, likes and retweets produce a similar pleasure high that occurs when drugs are taken. Despite this, an “addiction” to social media does not have a correlation to substance abuse.
“70 percent of the population falls into the green phase,” Homan said. “These are the people who drink every once in a while and avoid doing drugs.”
Today, marijuana, alcohol, vape and various painkillers are the abused substances among adolescents of concern. All of these are addictive substances. People move into the yellow phase when they are willing to do drugs and look forward to the next time they will use the substance. When dependency occurs, people move into the orange or red phase within a short period of time.
“Once they get to orange or red [on the chart], it’s difficult to get them to stop,” Short said. “Why do people have to wait till the last stage before they intervene with logical consequences?”