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Study reveals that social networks are more addictive than cigarettes



December 09, 2018 11:00 AM
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Updated December 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Nowadays, social networks have become part of daily life, even taking a preponderant role to some people who can not live without them.

That's why a recent study has revealed that they are more addictive than cigarette and alcohol, in addition to having a profound impact on our health, especially on the mental side.

The way we connect as people is almost always linked to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Snapchat, Youtube and other networks that have revolutionized human coexistence, since some of them, when used excessively, can generate anxiety disorders and even depression , even becoming a strong vice.

The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) published a study titled Status of mind, in which it revealed that the main impact of these social networks, which are also cataloged as great opportunities to learn, innovate and be creative, is to lose touch with reality.

It was early in 2017 that the RSPH conducted a survey of 1,479 users ranging from 14 to 24 years old, which consisted of asking them about the most popular platforms in order to find out what repercussions they had on their health and well-being.

The survey yielded astounding data and one of them was that 91% of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 exclusively use the internet to navigate social networks, and that using these platforms is linked to higher rates of anxiety, depression and lack of dreaming, something worrying if we take into account that the same study indicates that this period of life is crucial for the emotional and psychosocial development of the person.

It was in the mid-2000s that social networks became massive and made the Internet a new way of communicating and sharing information. However, anxiety and depression rates in young people have increased 70% in the last 25 years, and online harassment is a problem that increases and 7 out of 10 young people have been victims.


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