Social Media – The Predecessor To Addiction

Social media has pervaded our lives to a great degree. In fact, it is often impossible to imagine a life without a platform. The most popular medium, Facebook, takes a majority of the time of users.

However, recent studies showcased a dangerous trend that’s a reality check for avid Facebook users. It showed a direct correlation between addictive behaviour and social media use. Lower social media usage could reduce the impact of the so-called addiction.

There are logical reasons for the theory. Let’s find out.

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Social Media - The Predecessor To Addiction

WHY DOES SOCIAL MEDIA LEAD TO MORE ADDICTION?

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, assessed 286 people who were on Facebook for at least 25 minutes a day, with an average usage time of an hour per day.

The researchers, including those from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, subdivided the participants into two groups.

One was a control group comprising of 146 people who used Facebook as usual, and another was a group of 140 individuals who reduced their usage of the platform by 20 minutes a day for two weeks – about one-third of the average usage time.

All the participants were tested prior to the study, one week into it, at the end of the two-week experiment, and finally one month and three months later.

They surveyed the way the participants used Facebook, their well being and their lifestyle.

Social Media - The Predecessor To Addiction

The results were telling.

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“This is significant, because passive use in particular leads to people comparing themselves with others and thus experiencing envy and a reduction in psychological well-being,” said Julia Brailovskaia, study co-author from Ruhr-University Bochum.

Thus, a distancing from social media is seriously required in the modern world to create a healthier and better lifestyle.

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