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Drugs are addictive? Try social networks


A recent Chicago University study is proving that people are more likely to resist their desire to consume alcohol, coffee and tobacco, than to resist their desire to check social media.

Not only that, but according to the study, people are more likely to give in to social media urges than to sexual and sleeping urges, as well as spending and sports. Basically, the only one that was harder to resist was the urge to work.

The results to this study have a good explanation, though. Social networks/media are not expensive, are very accessible and available, and do not harm your health (most of the time). As Wilhelm Hofmann (study leader) mentions, there is no direct downside to social media use. Smokers and drinkers has reasons to want to stop – both health-wise and financial. But most of the time, there is no direct downside to checking Twitter, Facebook or your e-mail. And it only takes a minute.

I have to say, though, the fact that some of the other urges can be more controlled than social networks is surprising. Urges like sleeping and sex are part of our biology. Not only a habit, but inscribed into our very core and DNA. The study states that while these urges were much stronger, people were much more able to control them.

If you want to learn more about the study, you should wait for the full research paper to be published soon. It will be featured in Psychological Science. 

Let us know what you think. Are you ready for Social Networkers Anonymous?

[Source: The Guardian Via: The Verge]




  • http://www.advocare.com/09033848 gloriousnumber1

    That’s why I deleted my Twitter, Google+, and most of all ….. my Facebook.account. They were so addicting and distracting that I finally had to do it. I’m surprised I even had the balls to. I miss it sometimes, but I’m more motivated on important things now.

  • rohan

    Ahh id rather get laid then check my facebook. Haha

    • B2L

      I think that answer was mainly from women. From my experience my wife would rather be on Facebook, than on me. :P

  • Robabobbob

    I think it’s partly due to the fact that to many these things are relatively new.  When I first used facebook I used to post all the time and check it constantly but now I check it at most once a day and almost never post.  The main reason I keep it is to have automatic photos for all my contacts on my phone.  I use Google+ a little more but that’s because it has things close to my interest that status updates about people having a cup of tea.  Twitter however I’ve tried but gave up on as it’s so time consuming as it’s so difficult to understand.

  • Ray Fingers

    On an equally relevant note, I am more likely to give in to the urge to about 17,000,000 things than I am to give in to the urge to put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger. So shocking that a handful of things with easily identified consequences would be easier to resist than something with none.

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