The internet is a place rife with public displays of bad behavior and poor judgment. But behavioral scientists at Michigan State University believe the risky decision-making taking place among excessive internet users is on par with drug addicts and compulsive gamblers.
Their research, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, is the first to investigate a connection between social-media use and decision-making capacity, a quality often measured as low among addicts. The test results corresponded to those of substance abusers, such as opioid and meth addicts.
“Around one-third of humans on the planet are using social media, and some of these people are displaying maladaptive, excessive use of these sites,” says lead author and MSU assistant professor Dar Meshi in a statement. “Our findings will hopefully motivate the field to take social-media overuse seriously.”
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