Excessive Social Media Use is Like Drug Addiction, says New Study

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This article was written by Roisin Lanigan for the online publication ID Vice examines new research published by Michigan State University.  The research shows that extensive social media use can have effects that go beyond depression and anxiety. The university’s study shows a connection between heavy social media use and impaired, risky decision-making, stating that the effects are comparable in their adverse effects on the decision making process to those found in the brains of people with substance abuse problems.

“Around one-third of humans on the planet are using social media, and some of these people are displaying maladaptive, excessive use of these sites,” said Dar Meshi, lead author and assistant professor at Michigan State. “Our findings will hopefully motivate the field to take social media overuse seriously.”

-Roisin Lanigan

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Excessive Social Media Use is Like Drug Addiction, says New Study