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New Study On Chronic Social Media Addiction Might Make You Turn Off Your Phone

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A new study from the Journal of Behavioral Addictions found that those who spend excessive time on social media fare just as poorly on psychological tests than those dependent on drugs or alcohol.


The study, conducted by researches at Michigan State University and Monash University in Australia, administered the "Iowa Gambling Task" to 71 people. This test has historically helped psychologists identify differences in decision making between those with a substance abuse disorder and those without.

The Iowa Gambling Task is a card game which attaches risk, reward, and punishment to various cards in a deck. The study found that those who are attached to their smart phones performed in the way that people with drug addictions often do, taking larger risks despite ever growing punishment. Those who spent less time on social media made better decisions.

In addition, they found that those who spent a large amount of time on social media exhibited many of the same emotional symptoms that people with substance abuse disorders do; irritability, mental obsession, lack of sleep, and disruption of daily tasks. This comes on the heels of bombshell reporting from summer of 2019 which revealed that social media companies have deliberately built their platforms to be addictive.

The studies lead author, Dar Meshi, stated...

"I believe that social media has tremendous benefits for individuals, but there's also a dark side when people can't pull themselves away. We need to better understand this drive so we can determine if excessive social-media use should be considered an addiction."

Some people felt personally attacked.




Honestly, so do we.

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Maybe it's time we put down the phones.

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Reddit user u/GeekyKirby wanted to get something for their boyfriend for his birthday, but he said not to get him anything because it is so close to Christmas, so they decided it was time to get creative.


When asked what they bought him, u/GeekyKirby replied:

I pre-ordered him a game [Kingdom Hearts III], and bought him a shirt and a book he wanted :) ...I also filled up his living room floor with balloons...

It seems minor mischief is a common theme in their relationship:

Thank you. :) At this point, I can't really surprise my boyfriend anymore. And I try lol. Like the time I secretly put googly eyes on everything in his fridge...

Users were impressed by u/GeekyKirby's piping skills. Also, the hate for fondant is real!

Nicely done and without fondant! r/FondantHate - Patiod
Today was a bad day on reddit if you genuinely want fondant to not be a thing. Just kidding. But fuck fondant, for real. - mimomusic
We over at r/fondanthate love your buttercream meme! - cherrylpk
This is one of the best things I've ever seen on Reddit! - backfromthedead
You're a very thoughtful and creative girlfriend! <3 - mediaclone
I'd have a hard time eating this, very cute. - FrontierFrance210
A meme!?!?!? On a cake!?!??!?!?!?!Now i've seen everything! - Indetermination

A few were also a bit envious.

This cake looks AWESOME, great job!
Side note: Here's hoping that 2019 will bless me with some manflesh to do nice things like this for too 🤞🏽- black_heart85
Hehe this gave me a good chuckle this morning. Now wish I had a boyfriend so I could do this to them. - MidnightMadness21

Making something for someone is a great way to show them you love them.

The best birthday present I ever got was from a girl who baked me a cake secretly. So thanks for doing that for him, I know I'd feel great about it. - Levitr0n

Others have found inventive ways to use the meme as well:

Stickers:


Sculpture:

Latte Art:

Refrigerator...art...trolling?


Even An Essay:

The fact that Surprised Pikachu is still around in 2019 really speaks to its universal appeal and ease of use. People will surely keep coming up with inventive ways to use the meme.

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