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By Vaishali Aggarwal

Technology made the world smaller by providing communication tools. It explored the solar system and the universe, and proved that technology is truly significant in human advancement. In order to facilitate himself and his fellows, the man has converted all raw material into usable resources by developing an addiction too. So, we became too dependent as well as addicted on technology.

This dependence has not only made human beings’ life so facilitated, comforted and luxurious but also this dependence has made him lazy, sluggish and somewhat weak and feverish physically. Though technology proved itself as a friend, facilitator, and comforter, its destructive capabilities in warfare have proved to be more deleterious rather than to be constructive. There is no question that such high-tech devices have enriched our lives and made everything easy. So, it is a natural thing for man to become dependent on technology, and also get addiction of it.

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Social Media Overuse- A Serious Threat

Scientists have found a connection between excessive social media use and behavior associated with substance abuse.

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Study Links Social Media Addicts, Substance Abusers (VOA)

Addicted to social media? That’s not just an expression anymore. Scientists have found a connection between excessive social media use and behavior associated with substance abuse.

Researchers at Michigan State University and Monash University in Australia found that heavy social media users tended to make riskier decisions usually seen in drug addicts.

“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, the study’s lead author and assistant professor at Michigan State University in the U.S.

“Our findings will hopefully motivate the field to take social media overuse seriously,” Meshi said.

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Meshi and his team had 71 participants take the Iowa Gambling Task, which is used to measure decision-making abilities in substance abusers and non-abusers.

“Decision-making is oftentimes compromised in individuals with substance use disorders. They sometimes fail to learn from their mistakes and continue down a path of negative outcomes,” Meshi said.

At the end of the exercise, Meshi and his team found that heavy social media users took greater risks even while knowing that they came with negative consequences, the same way drug addicts do.

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The participants also said that they constantly think about the platforms when not using them and that they lose sleep because of their online activities.

“I believe that social media has tremendous benefits for individuals, but there’s also a dark side when people can’t pull themselves away,” Meshi said. “We need to better understand this drive, so we can determine if excessive social media use should be considered an addiction.” (VOA)