Author Topic: Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts  (Read 486 times)

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https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/10/facebook-addiction-research/

Their paper... indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone addicted to cocaine or heroin.

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They sure as hell make many impaired statements to their groups. Louise reads me some of the  'best' ones from the church or RV groups (heavily skewed to the elder WASP demographic).  Whew!

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Being involved with computers since having an Atari 2600 in the early 80s, playing tank combat, asteroids and tennis, then buying the BASIC cartridge to start programming, then getting the 520ST then the 1040ST Ad Nauseum ... computers do suck us in, it's the instant gratification, whether you're programming graphics or checking likes on your post.

Social scientists have written theses on it but it's just common sense, it's communication minus a lot of the involvement if it's something like FB messenger, no face, no body-language just instant comms.

I love tech but we are analogue creatures, digital is so un-natural, it's transforming us unhealthily as far as actual-life-interactions go. I suffered terribly from it for a long while, it's like anything - if you get hooked you become it. It's the speed of it, it makes you want everything at that speed.
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https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/10/facebook-addiction-research/

Their paper... indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone addicted to cocaine or heroin.

Both cocaine and social media (and sugar) target the dopamine drive.

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>and sugar

And orgasms.

gm66

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https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/10/facebook-addiction-research/

Their paper... indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone addicted to cocaine or heroin.

Both cocaine and social media (and sugar) target the dopamine drive.

Sugar is a killer, the Dad of my first long-term gf had a book on his shelf "Pure, White and Deadly", looked like cocaine on the cover but it was good old Tate & Lyle. Mad that there's 6 teaspoons of it in a cola. Life's just a merry-go-round of toxic pleasures it's not fair! I want Madeira cake now.
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Teens and middle aged users, clicking and swiping on their phones while the world turns around them.

What is the deal with watching TV AND social media-ing?

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>What is the deal with watching TV AND social media-ing?

I don't use my phone for any real media consumption, but I do find myself, for example, listening to music with a game on the bigscreen while reading here/reddit on a notebook and responding to phone interruptions. It's really the same thing but I'm glad I don't enjoy the tiny device as I only really do this in my cave as a result. I can see why it's hard for many and wonder how much worse it will get.

I often ponder how long it will take before everyone has something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJg02ivYzSs

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What is the deal with watching TV AND social media-ing?

Back when I was a *bad* student, I watched TV AND did homework, both of them poorly.  That's before I adopted the Charles Emmerson Winchester approach: "I do one thing at a time, I do it very well and then I move on." -- CEW on M*A*S*H
« Last Edit: September 07, 2019, 08:36:00 PM by ergophobe »

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From the article:

>> Study participants who self-reported as excessive Facebook users actually performed worse ...

It's wise to be a bit skeptical about self-reported anything.

If I were researching this, I'd want to study how/if the social media use was affecting the subjects' sleep patterns.

I wonder if the reported impairment has as much to do with not getting to bed at a good hour as with FB directly.

Sleep shortage will undermine cognitive abilities no matter what one is doing.

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Re: Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2019, 10:10:24 PM »
Teens and middle aged users, clicking and swiping on their phones while the world turns around them.

What is the deal with watching TV AND social media-ing?

Like the film Wall-E, we'll all end up as blimps with vanilla-sludge being constantly fed to us, if we're not careful!
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