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Study Finds Social Media Harder To Resist Than Cigarettes, Alcohol

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the friends-list-fix dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Checking a Twitter, Facebook or email account for updates may be more tempting than alcohol and cigarettes, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people regulate their daily desires. Researchers also found that while sleep and sex may be stronger urges than certain drug addictions, people are more likely to give in to their addiction to use social or other types of media."

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best not to start... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938545)

...is what my mom told me about alcohol and tobacco.

Re:best not to start... (5, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939231)

I doubt she was referring to making friends.

Re:best not to start... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38940147)

Making friends on "social network" sites? That's so pathetic that it's funny.

Re:best not to start... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38940193)

Internet "friends" are such just in name.

slashdot (5, Funny)

noh8rz2 (2538714) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938553)

also, checking constantly to see if anybody replied to my slashdot posts. also, looking for new articles to claim frist! addictive.

Re:slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938685)

Ok so every time I complain about blacks and their anti-achievement culture you guys drag out the old party line of "wahh racism, cry cry not their fault, wahh". Nevermind that other ethnic groups experienced racism at least as bad as blacks and do not dominate the "fail at life" stats like children born out of wedlock, number of violent crimes per capita, drug abuse per capita, etc. Nevermind all that cuz you are members of the Religion of Liberalism and no facts can override your faith. So be it.

Explain this then. Explain why blacks did such a poor job when a prosperous ready-made country was handed to them, blacks owned it, blacks were in charge of it, and blacks had no white interference once it was theirs. They had 100 years to take a land rich in natural resources and do with it what they would. The result?

"The present condition of Haiti gives the best possible answer to the question, and, considering the experiment has lasted for a century, perhaps also a conclusive one. For a century the answer has been working itself out there in flesh and blood. The Negro has had his chance, a fair field, and no favor. He has had the most beautiful and fertile of the Caribees for his own; he has had the advantage of excellent French laws; he inherited a made country, with Cap Haitien [A once beautiful town on the north coast of Haiti] for its Paris. . . . Here was a wide land sown with prosperity, a land of wood, water, towns and plantations, and in the midst of it the Black man was turned loose to work out his own salvation. What has he made of the chances that were given to him? . . .

At the end of a hundred years of trial how does the Black man govern himself? What progress has he made? Absolutely none."
--Hesketh Prichard

Would you want to live in Haiti right now? No? Neither would I. Haiti was not the product of white racism. What few whites were in Haiti had no political power. What's wrong? Why not go live there? Are you RACIST or something?

Re:slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938805)

Please kill yourself.

Love, a white guy

Re:slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938891)

He has a point, almost every successful society in the World is Caucasian.

Now before you freak out look up Caucasian, it includes more people than you might think.

Re:slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38939205)

the "fail at life" stats like children born out of wedlock

I do not accept your premise.

Re:slashdot (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939555)

You don't get e-mail notification of new replies?

Re:slashdot (1)

MurukeshM (1901690) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939601)

He could be checking email and rss...

Re:slashdot (1)

dargaud (518470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939801)

Yes, I do find it ironic that the first thing I write this morning as I get out of bed is a comment on an ancient social media website about the addictiveness of social media website. There's probably a lesson to be learned here but I gotta go check facebook and boing and...

I checked Facebook while reading this post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938569)

That happened.

MEETING (1)

anon208 (2410460) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938573)

Cause all my AA meetings are on Facebook!!!

Re:MEETING (4, Funny)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938659)

The Social Media Twelve Steps
We admitted we were powerless over social media - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a better broadband connection can restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a All Knowing Server Admin as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless inventory of our posts.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our spulling erroz.
Were entirely ready to have The Next Thing Better Than Facebook remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Customer Service to remove our drunken posts.
Made a list of all persons we have stalked, and became willing to block them all.
Avoided making direct amends to such people wherever possible because it pretty much looks like even more stalking.
Continued to hide our personal baggage and when we were wrong to rise above the desire to ragequit.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with cute kittens as we understood Them, praying only for the power to not forward it.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to social media addicts, and to practice these principles in all our status updates.

Re:MEETING (4, Funny)

dwillden (521345) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938897)

But then I went on Facebook to share the message, and suffered a relapse. Oh and I had to go harvest my farm as well.

Re:MEETING (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939283)

Cause all my AA meetings are on Facebook!!!

I wonder if any Parole Officers meet there?

So... (5, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938575)

Does this mean that social media will now be the blame for all the evils of society? Finally replacing D&D, and "violent video games."

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938623)

I know that people flipped about D&D, but even Marilyn Manson has been off the hook for like 10 years now. Only the adaptable continue to menace our souls.

Re:So... (3, Funny)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938733)

Does this mean that social media will now be the blame for all the evils of society? Finally replacing D&D, and "violent video games."

Nope, it now means it will be taxed like tobacco and alcohol.

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938753)

Does this mean that social media will now be the blame for all the evils of society? Finally replacing D&D, and "violent video games."

Man, don't give them ideas. Busybodies never seem to be busy enough.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
-- C.S. Lewis

Usually that phony Puritannical "morality" is most visible when the subject is drugs, pornography, or controversial speech. At least on the Internet this sort of typecast personality is really going to have a hell of a time trying to enforce it, but still, I'd rather not see them try. I'd rather they do something more worthy of their limited time on this planet, like uproot their desire to run other peoples' lives by recognizing it as more evil than anything they'd rail against. Then maybe, just maybe, they can find their own fulfillment and witness the way that really living your own life magically takes away your undue concern for how others live theirs.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938971)

No, it has much, much better PR.

Re:So... (1)

Koby77 (992785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939191)

I don't understand why anyone compares the internet and social media to addiction. We could just as easily have said that people are addicted to talking on the phone or watching TV. Heck, why not say that people who communicate by any means with other people are somehow addicted and should stop? I challenge the non-internet savvy crowd to stop talking to anyone or else I say that you too must have some sort of illness!

No, desire for interacting with others not addiction. The technophobes are just jealous that there's another popular form of socialization to which they are unaccustomed. Social media is in no way "evil".

No (1)

mosb1000 (710161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939691)

It will be added to the list. There's always more room for more needlessly vilified social habits.

Don't forget Ozzy. He was the devil, you know. (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38940079)

Don't forget to blame Ozzy. He was a pet whipping boy for the "evils of society" a few years ago, too.

And dancing. Dancing is bad, m'kay?

:D

Disagree (4, Insightful)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938583)

Back when I waited tables in a restaurants to pay for college, I can promise you me and the other servers were not taking Facebook breaks outside the back door.

Re:Disagree (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938613)

Back when I waited tables in a restaurants to pay for college, I can promise you me and the other servers were not taking Facebook breaks outside the back door.

yeah but phones, much less the internet, didn't even exist back then ;)

Re:Disagree (2)

Nationless (2123580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938749)

This information is pointless without a time-frame. Was this in the 70's? Was it last week?

Just the other day I saw at least a dozen people who should have been working who were messing with their phones. How's that for anecdotal evidence!

Re:Disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938817)

WTF do phones have to do with Facebook? It's a website!

Re:Disagree (3, Funny)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938879)

Was there supposed to be a smiley on that, or have you been stuck in the basement THAT long?

Re:Disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38939009)

This information is pointless without a time-frame.

Should have had a full stop before "without a time-frame".

Re:Disagree (2)

g00ey (1494205) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938811)

Back when I waited tables in a restaurants to pay for college, I can promise you me and the other servers were not taking Facebook breaks outside the back door.

Maybe this is about to change now that we have smartphones and mobile broadband/4G.

Re:Disagree (5, Interesting)

Marurun (1938210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939077)

Anywhere retail related where I've worked in the past six years had employees always using their phones to do that. The manager at a fast food place I worked for had his phone attached to a charger and would constantly check his texts and FB while doing stuff like slicing onions. One of the girls working there would always be using her phone for the same purpose as well as taking cigarette breaks outside the back door. From that alone, I'd say some people have an addiction problem to social media.

Re:Disagree (1)

Time_Ngler (564671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939575)

Why? I don't see how trying to distract oneself while doing a mindless job means addiction.

Re:Disagree (2)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38940089)

It's not just "working retail." I see the same addiction in over half the people I know that have "smart phones."

It's a perverse need to be "constantly connected" that's at fault, a hunt for instant and perpetual little hits of gratification.

"Oh, look, someone liked/modded-up/viewed what I said!"

There's a REASON I don't use page counters on any of my websites where they aren't mandated. I don't want to find myself being more worried about page counts and phrasing things to boost page counts rather than writing an honest opinion on whatever I'm talking about.

Huh? What? Er... uh,,, oh... (3, Funny)

theNAM666 (179776) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938587)

I can not press "submit" on this post. Really. I *can* not press submit. Really I can....

Tax the hell out of social media and then see... (4, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938607)

Tax social media to the extent they tax alcohol and tobacco and then see how easy it is to give up.

Re:Tax the hell out of social media and then see.. (3, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938645)

Governments have been taxing alcohol [wikipedia.org] for centuries and tobacco for decades and it hasn't stopped people from using either one of them. Anybody who thinks that taxing something that people like is going to make them stop must be suffering from the Bullwinkle Syndrome.

Re:Tax the hell out of social media and then see.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938767)

It's a money game, not politicians trying to help people.

As a douchebag politician you get to stand in front of everyone with a straight face and say it's because those vices are bad for you and you want to discourage it. What you're really doing is using addictions to collect massive amounts of revenue. Even better, nobody can argue with you, or they're some monster supporting alcohol and nicotine addiction.

This is why a $3 pack of cigarettes in a major city can cost $12, while people still smoke.

Evil Regressive Taxes! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938887)

How the hell can any progressive, liberal, democrat, libertarian or decent human being support such regressive "fuck working poor" taxes? Luxury taxes only tax upper middle class people (the rich don't pay them) but sin taxes fuck the working folks hardest. They are the poster child for regressive taxes, but only a few psychotic randian nutjobs oppose them.

Re:Evil Regressive Taxes! (2)

Capt. Skinny (969540) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939593)

Correlation does not imply causation. The smokers and drinkers among the working poor fuck themselves.

Targeting one group is not an implicit targeting of another, loosely correlated, group. To suggest that sin taxes are taxes on the working poor is to suggest that either (1) the working poor are predisposed to smoking, drinking and gambling; or (2) that smokers, drinkers and gamblers are predisposed to being poor.

A tax on cell phone service is not a tax on cancer patients; [xkcd.com] tough on drugs is not tough on black people; preventing people from making a mess in a public park is not preventing people from exercising free speech; and requesting picture ID at a poling place is not requesting that the poor stay home on election day.

Re:Tax the hell out of social media and then see.. (3, Funny)

kosty (52388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939277)

A sin tax error...

Whoosh (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939987)

I think that was grandparent poster's point: if people stop using social media because it's taxed, it clearly isn't as addictive as alcohol and tobacco.

There is, of course, a slight problem with this. Unless you put in a lot of effort to make your own, you'll have to pay for the alcohol and tobacco anyway, so adding taxing increases the cost by a non-infinite proportion.

Re:Tax the hell out of social media and then see.. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938741)

kill everyone who is for these stupid taxes

Re:Tax the hell out of social media and then see.. (1)

Nationless (2123580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938757)

Yes, I'm sure taxing users to access slashdot will go down well. I doubt it would have much effect on traffic either.

No for me! I'm in R&D (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938621)

It's really efficient having no friends. Now, you know what I cannot resist, however? Lesbian porn.

Re:No for me! I'm in R&D (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938873)

It's really efficient having no friends. Now, you know what I cannot resist, however? Lesbian porn.

What you like is pretendsbian porn.
Actual lesbian porn is disgusting, just like actual lesbians.

"Addiction"?? (4, Interesting)

scottbomb (1290580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938625)

The pretense behind this study seems rather shallow. "Social media" is really nothing more than a way for people to keep in touch with friends and family. I can go to ONE website and see how my daughter, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends are doing. It's very convenient. And yes, I check it throughout the day. If that's an "addiction", it's a pretty good one to have.

Re:"Addiction"?? (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938925)

That was my though exactly. This is really stupid. "People need food, if they are deprived of it for awhile, they will go to amazing lengths to get it, sacrificing all kinds of important stuff!". Well, learning that social connections are nearly as important as food or water is really no surprise at all.

If the study author has a problem with people's chosen forms of maintaining those social connections, maybe a study comparing and contrasting those might be in order. But to state "Oh, people go to amazing lengths to feed their need for social connection!" is about as insightful as noting that starving people crave food.

Re:"Addiction"?? (3, Informative)

subreality (157447) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939043)

about as insightful as noting that starving people crave food.

It's profoundly insightful when you notice people failing to eat (or hold down a job so they can eat) because they're too hung up on Facebook. Any time you have a strong drive that's possible. Most people can control it; some fail and become addicts.

Re:"Addiction"?? (2)

subreality (157447) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939021)

And yes, I check it throughout the day. If that's an "addiction", it's a pretty good one to have.

That's not an addiction. An addiction is when the drive to do something is so strong that you can't stop it, even when you recognize that it's displacing other important things like showing up for work, sleeping, eating, and spending time with family.

Your use of social social media : social media addiction :: a glass of wine with dinner : alcoholism

Re:"Addiction"?? (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38940105)

Not at all. Addiction is simply letting something become such a big part of your life that "normal" activities and interests suffer or are abandoned.

It's VERY possible to be addicted to the internet, to forums, to chat, to texting, to gambling, etc.

You don't need a physical addiction as with heroin or meth to suffer the negative effects of being an addict.

e.g. If your boss fires you for texting/smart-phone-surfing on the job, how is that different than being fired for being caught with a mickey of alcohol? Both are unacceptable to the work environment, and the employee KNEW that before they did it anyway to feed their addiction.

yes please (1)

fish waffle (179067) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938627)

Oh yes, please, please, _please_ start the war on social media and make drugs, poverty and terrorism legal.

Awesome (2)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938667)

Ha! I don't drink smoke or do any drugs or have a face book account! I am immune to such temptations! muhahaha.

LOL, not immune from pointless /. posting (3, Informative)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938699)

/. is an addiction.

Re:LOL, not immune from pointless /. posting (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938731)

I can quit any time I want!

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938849)

I don't understand, was this supposed to be some lame attempt at a joke?

The comments posted on articles on weekends and during summer holiday are terrible. Fucking children.

Checking a slashdot for updates... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938681)

Checking a slashdot for updates may be more tempting than alcohol and cigarettes...

Sleep? (5, Funny)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938683)

So sleeping is an addicting activity and anyone doing is just giving into a base desire?
Don't know why this study did not include breathing, I know some air addicts that cannot stop breathing for more then a minute. They are so addicted they even do it in their sleep.

Re:Sleep? (4, Funny)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938981)

I hear the withdrawal effects with air are even worse than with heroin.

The question is... (5, Interesting)

Wingfield (872389) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938693)

Do people generally view social media as more destructive than other addictions such as cigarettes or alcohol? Some may regulate their addictions to cigarettes or alcohol because of their destructive effects on health or general productivity. Does the overall decrease in productivity from social media such as facebook, youtube, or twitter count for more than the decrease in productivity from drinking or smoke breaks? What about the effects of liver/lung damage?

Knicks WIN in a mile slide of utter mud (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938695)

The Knicks beat Boston, in a mile slide of utter mud, slashdotters.

Re:Knicks WIN in a mile slide of utter mud (2, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938815)

Underwear beat a city? WTF?

No surprise (1)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938701)

Narcissism is a powerful force, as is "sense of belonging" 2 things FB feeds quite well regardless of the reality.

bs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938705)

These idiots have obviously never been addicted to alcohol or cigarettes.

Sleep is optional? (3, Insightful)

xtal (49134) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938713)

Sleep is pretty hard to resist. If you don't do it, you die.

Not really the same as cigarettes?

And at times... (1)

larys (2559815) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938721)

it can be more poisoning to your well-being than either...

Insane (1)

Grindalf (1089511) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938725)

I don't think this is a sane post. It reads like one of those self help groups ...

Re:Insane (1)

MadMaverick9 (1470565) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938823)

AF - Anonymous Facebookies

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Re:chuyen cung cap dich vu bao ve (1)

Time_Ngler (564671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939587)

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Social media is also harder to resist than (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938787)

vegetables. Huh, weird how it doesn't sound like a bad thing when the thing you're comparing it too doesn't have negative connotations.

What? (5, Interesting)

sattu94 (1989362) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938795)

After using Facebook for 3 years I recently deleted my account.
They require you to wait 14 days before the actual cancellation takes place, maybe most people who try to resist to the temptation to use FB are felled by this grace period.
It obviously acts as a secure way to make deletions, in case someones account is hacked, but still.

Re:What? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938907)

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B.S. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938803)

200 people does not define if a compulsion of narcissistic value is harder to resist than alcohol. Case in point: all the photos of people drinking on Facebook. Seriously? 200? WTF, this isn't a study, it's a P.O.S. scheme to try and get more so-called psychologists books sold and whatnot.

Also, lets not get "social media" and "social networking" confused; they are two different things: media being the advertising venue and promotion of products and services; networking being the thing that's useful out of these tools.

Fuck this study, it was worthless and measures nothing but 200 people's behavior.

The First Post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938813)

Someone's First Post is always modded up by the house... nice...

Please... (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938837)

Can we quit pretending that addiction is a one dimensional thing? There are many factors that go into an addiction. For example, most people that I know smoke have some desire to quit smoking because they feel less healthy. Most people that I know that use facebook don't really have a desire to quit using facebook.

Fuck (4, Funny)

PvtVoid (1252388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938861)

Now I really want a drink and a smoke.

Sinfully tempting... not a leading cause of death! (1)

thefuz (1076605) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938869)

Yes, social is addicting. Should it still be vilified? Last time I checked, you can't die from it (fringe serial killers aside)!!

Re:Sinfully tempting... not a leading cause of dea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38940151)

You can't die from gambling addiction as well. So?

When you neglect studies/work/feeding your cat/baby/yourself for Internet, it's not healthy.

Ascension 2012 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938893)

http://ascensionideal.wordpress.com

The researches are clearly idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938913)

Lock the researchers in soliatary confinement, you know so they won't be afflicted by the addiction of human interaction...

This study was clearly idiocy.

Terrible Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38938949)

The study only asked if the participant had experienced an urge to go on a "social media" website. They didn't test whether the participants wanted not to go on and ultimately did, which is the definition of "giving in". It also didn't test whether this affected the quality of life of the participant, which is (somewhat) the definition of a problem.

you forgot (1)

alienzed (732782) | more than 2 years ago | (#38938955)

air, water, food, companionship... I'm an addict really...

Re:you forgot (2)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939943)

Yeah, sweet old dihydrogenmonoxide. My favorite addiction. I never tried to stop, because I heard such horror stories. Better to continue until death. Luckily my emplyer allows me to get my fix at work.

Welcome to the latest .ca (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939285)

Crackbook Anonymous.

Except I don't want to resist booze (1)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939345)

Except I don't want to resist booze.

Now excuse me while I grab a shot.

Reality vs a glass Facade (1)

InnerInsight (2514816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939379)

I found it actually quite very easy to resist social media despite the article mumbo-jumbo "magical" statistics easiest example... When my grandmother died, I posted the news on facebook. One would think that their would of been remorseful replies but instead all I got was a free cow, and no replies. All my former classmates, family, and so callled "facebook Friends" didn't reply at all. I later cancelled my account. Social media lacks the REAL personal influence. It is merely a glass surface many do not see past the surface or how frail it can be when arduous times arise.

No harm (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939441)

People are more likely to give in to ordinary things which have no negative side-effects than harddrugs?
Who would have thought.
In completely unrelated news, people are more likely to masturbate than murder.

... and? (1)

metacell (523607) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939621)

From TFS:

people are more likely to give in to their addiction to use social or other types of media

It may be simply because they're less dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol, so there's less reason to resist.

Drinking and twittering are addicting (1)

caywen (942955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939689)

Drunk twittering is a life ruiner.

DSM-IV-TR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38939699)

Wanna be they add this shit to their quackery?

social media... easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38939885)

now if i could only stop drinkings so much beer.(10 16 ounce beers a day... maybe more.... ya i need to go to a meeting).... ya.... social media easy. what is facebook havent had it for a month cause i get drunk and post then delete so ya easy to get rid of it hold on a second need a drink...... okay back what was i saying?

It just goes to show, in the 21st century (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939897)

It just goes to show, in the 21st century "Facebook is the Opium of the people".

All lies (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939933)

It can not be true. I didn't even check /. today. I never even missed it.

crack? (1)

bronney (638318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38939941)

Checking a Twitter, Facebook or email account for updates may be more tempting than alcohol and cigarettes,

But not more tempting than crack.

rm -rf /facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38939993)

really? lets see about that :)

Weird. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38940109)

When I'm expecting a reply to an urgent enquiry or something I'll regularly check my email account (and by regularly I mean maybe every hour or so) but I have absolutely zero interest in Facebook, Myspace, Bebo, et al, and never have.

Slashdot is the closest I've ever really come to an interest in anything like online social media.

Are people desperately starved for attention or something? Is narcissism becoming more prevalent, or is the existing level of latent self-absorbtion just more "enabled" by technology?

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