Some people may suffer from social media anxiety disorder

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In an age where social media tends to dominate the lives of many people, it’s no wonder that some people have an emotional attachment to their interactions on outlets such as Twitter or Facebook.

But when does that attachment go too far?

Sometimes, a person’s self-esteem is negatively impacted by people not positively responding to their social media posts or by seeing the perceived “glamorous” lifestyles of others online.

That disappointment could indicate that the person is suffering from a so-called social media anxiety disorder.

According to a survey by Today Moms, the endless images of a perfect lifestyle makes many people feel like they can’t live up to their role in this idealized world.

“If you find yourself being dictated by how many posts you get, how many likes you get, how many times people comment on what you’re doing – that’s where the red flag is,” Dr. Josh Klapow said. “That’s where you know you’re leading towards trouble.”

The condition is not medically recognized, but it is a real problem for many people.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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