London Clinic Treats Social Media Addiction
The next time you're checking status updates and chatting with friends on Facebook, just be advised – you might be an addict.
A pair of reports have surfaced that indicate using sites like Twitter and Facebook could very well be an addiction – and in some cases, a hazardous one at that.
A study from the University of Chicago has revealed that using Facebook can be than either cigarettes or alcohol, because of its impact on emotions.
The report states that likes and retweets on social sites give users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine, where a lack of endorsements can actually create jealousy and anxiety in the user.
If that study isn't enough to convince you, consider what a clinic in London is doing. A consultant psychiatrist who works at the clinic treats around 100 social media addicts a year, including a professional soccer player. "They start to miss or avoid doing the necessary things in life, even at a fundamental level of self-care. They delay eating or avoid eating or drinking, delay sleep, miss meetings or delay getting into work or college. There are certainly some young people easily passing 9, 10 hours a day using social media."