Social Media Addiction Causes A Slew Of Negative Mental & Physical Effects

Social Media Addiction Causes A Slew Of Negative Mental & Physical Effects By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

Is This Why Online Liberals Are Getting Crazier Every Day? Social Media Addiction Causes A Slew Of Negative Mental & Physical Effects And More Social Justice Warriors Use Social Media For Activism

While not a fan of Big Pharma, at least the government regulates them to the point where they have to inform users of their drugs of the long list of side effects are, in their packaging and on their advertisements. Social media giants, like Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter, do not, yet the symptoms and dangerous side effects of social media addiction are far worse on the mental and physical health of Internet users.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri recently wrote an op-ed over at USA Today titled “Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are parasites. Maybe they should disappear,” where he provided a very persuasive argument as to the detrimental physical and mental health effects of “digital addiction,” specifically regarding social media websites.

While Senator Hawley provided a number of links showing studies of how social media addictions leads people to be more “impoverished, lonely, and despairing,” further research into more recent studies show the severe mental and physical effects are even more dire than even Hawley describes.


First and foremost, a user that visits a social media website to catch up with family, or grab pictures of family or friends, but does not actively spend a lot of time on the social media platform, nor interact much with strangers, that “follow” on Twitter or “friend”on Facebook, are not those that suffer these type of ill-effects.

Those that spend a considerable amount of time on social media, using it for activism, long debates sessions, and attacks, are the ones that cause themselves long-term health issues, physical and mental.

Hawley compares social media to a drug, a digital drug, and asserts that as with many drugs, it is addictive, and the social media leaders use that addiction for one purpose, to make money.

Here is how Hawley describes it:

Social media users understand this intuitively. You don’t go on Facebook to connect with a friend when you can just as easily call him or send her a text on your phone.

You don’t log on to find an article you’ve been meaning to read when you could just as easily find it yourself with a different service designed for that purpose, like online search.

No, you log on to Facebook to be on Facebook. Just for a minute. Or maybe a few. Or maybe an hour.

Let’s be clear. This is a digital drug. And the addiction is the point. Addiction is what Mark Zuckerberg is selling.

Like other drugs, this one hurts its users. Attention spans dull. Tempers quicken. Relationships fray.

And those are the benign effects. The Journal of Pediatrics recently noted a surge in attempted suicide: more than double the attempts over the last decade for those under 19, with a tripling among girls and young women 10 to 24. The study’s authors can’t prove social media is to blame, but they strongly suspect it plays a critical role. Congress has a duty to investigate that potential link further.

What Hawley doesn’t mention, most likely because of the word limits most news outlets apply to op-ed contributors, is that there is an actual chemical reaction in the mind/body when someone who uses social media gets a “like” for a post, or a “share” of their comment or statement, as well as interactions of others commenting on a post.

When a social media post is shared, liked or otherwise receives positive attention your brain sends a chemical messenger called dopamine along a reward pathway, which makes you feel good, much the same as it does for someone that gambles or uses recreational drugs. Conversely, if a post is not liked enough, or shared or interacted with, users suffer depression, anxiety, loneliness or feelings of isolation and are miserable.

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