SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Facebook and Instagram users took to Twitter to vent about the social media sites being down Wednesday.
#InstagramBlackout2019 was trending on Twitter Wednesday when Instagram and Facebook stopped working for 14 hours.
“It was tough,” University of Illinois Springfield student Dashon Moore said.
"It just kept saying 'refresh', 'refresh',” University of Illinois Springfield student Gilwan Nelson said.
Some, just sat there wondering when the blackout would end.
"I was checking it every ten minutes, waiting for it to come up, but nothing was working,” University of Illinois Springfield student Kenny Brokop said.
Others actually got some work done.
“For the first couple of hours I was kind of in shock, like, okay, what am I going to do with my life?” University of Illinois Springfield student Kaj Days said. “And then afterwards I was like, okay, you know what, I have some homework I need to do, let’s get that done. My room needs some cleaning, let’s do that.”
The blackout highlighted a growing problem in society.
"I didn’t realize until yesterday how much I’m actually on Instagram,” Nelson said. “Every hour I was checking it to see if, like, if it was working again and it wasn’t."
Clinical Psychologist Bill Moredock said people should be aware of how much they use apps like Facebook and Instagram, and hop off them if they start impacting their daily life.
"Do you find that when you’re at a restaurant you’re on your social media to the exclusion of having conversations with the people around you?” Moredock said. “I mean, there are a lot of ways you can kind of self-assess of whether you’re spending too much time online."
Addicted or not, many social media users woke up happy Thursday to see the apps are back.
"I’m real nosy so, I just like seeing what other people are doing all the time,” Nelson said.
Moredock suggested keeping track of how much you're using certain applications on your phone.
Most smart phones include features to track that.
The American Heart Association said kids between the ages of 8-18 should be limited to two hours of screen time per day.
They recommend no more than one hour per day for kids between the ages of 2-5.
There aren't specific recommendations for adults.