People find it hard to quit Facebook, even in the face of mounting privacy concerns or theoretically hefty financial costs. But even though it feels hard to stop scrolling, the jury is still out on whether we can actually classify excessive social media use as an addiction. A study published in Behavioral Addiction this week, however, adds to the mounting pile of evidence that social media use might be similar to gambling — or even drug addiction. There are some big differences between them, of course, but the similarities are too much to ignore.
Dar Meshi, Ph.D., a cognitive scientist at Michigan State University who investigates the reasons that people find Facebook and its social media kin so hard to quit.Read More... Facebook and Drug Abuse Link Suggests "Social Media Addiction" Is Real