No, You Probably Won't Get Addicted To Facebook

January 29, 2015 2:24 PM

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No, You Probably Won't Get Addicted To Facebook

A number of studies have suggested that social media -- Facebook in particular -- can co-opt brain circuits implicated in drug addiction. But according to new research, Facebook "addiction" is not only quite different from drug addiction in its effects on the brain, it's also fairly uncommon.

However, the new study estimates that as few as 0.7 percent and as many as 11 percent of people are "strongly impacted" by addictive tendencies around Internet usage. And among those with addictive symptoms, only some brain changes are similar to those that occur in drug addicts.

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