Pro swimmer, 18, admits she’s an Instagram addict and ‘gets the shakes’ when she can’t check social media

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A PROFESSIONAL swimmer has revealed that she has a full blown addiction to social media and “gets the shakes” when she can’t scroll through her feed.

Varvara Subbotina, 18, from Russia, said she feels stressed when she spends too much time without her phone.

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Varvara Subbotina, 18, says she has an addiction to social media[/caption]

The four-time champion said her coach Tatyana Danchenko has even resorted to banning her from her phone as it has affected her training.

Varvara is a member of the synchronised swimming team that represents Russia and she’s a two time world champion.

The social media star has racked up over 33,000 followers on Instagram and has posted over 1,000 snaps of her training and modelling.

The Star reported Varvara as saying: “I can honestly admit that I’m an Instagram addict.

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The swimmer says she feels stressed when she spends too much time without her phone[/caption]

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The four-time champion said her coach Tatyana Danchenko has even resorted to banning her from her phone[/caption]

“If I don’t have a mobile phone in my hands and can’t scroll through social media posts it gets me shaky.”

The swimmer does admit her addition is “unhealthy” and said her coach gives her access depending on her performance.

She said: “I was prohibited from sharing pictures. Later, we agreed that it will depend on my results: if I perform well – I can make an Instagram post.”

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The social media star has racked up over 33,000 followers on Instagram[/caption]

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She has posted over 1,000 snaps of her training and modelling[/caption]

This comes as scientists have found Instagram really is as addictive as drugs and is giving us coughs, colds and memory loss.

Indeed, a study published in November by the University of Pennsylvania revealed a link between the app and depression or loneliness, explaining users may compare their lives to those they see online and feel they don’t measure up.

The year before, a spate of research branded it the worst app for young people’s mental health, blamed it for sleep disturbance in adolescents and linked it to body image concerns among young women.

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Varvara is a member of the synchronised swimming team that represents Russia[/caption]

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She’s a two time world champion and two time European champion[/caption]

That’s hardly surprising when you consider that 59 per cent of teens who use the app say they’ve been bullied online.

Millennial celebrities including Khloe Kardashian, Pete Davidson, Justin Bieber and Daisy Ridley have even taken stints offline following relentless harassment.


We shared how Instagram has been forced to hide posts about weight loss teas, quick-fix diet aids and cosmetic surgery from teens.

And an Instagram addict racks up crippling £11k debt on SIX WEEK Disneyland holiday after becoming obsessed with making followers jealous.



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