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


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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