04 mayo, 2010

Social media may lead to addiction - iMediaConnection.com

Social media may lead to addiction - iMediaConnection.com

It's common knowledge that college students are fond of social media, but are they addicted to it as well?

According to a recent study by the University of Maryland, that may be the case. The research claimed that, when pried away from their social network tools, students exhibit withdrawal symptoms that are similar to those caused by drug and alcohol abuse.

The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda asked 200 students to blog their experiences after revoking all access to social media for a day. Its study, titled "24 Hours: Unplugged," said that students were beset with anxiety, misery, and jittery nerves. One student wrote that texting had provided her with a sense of comfort, and she now felt isolated without it, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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