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Why your social media habit is probably not an addiction – new research

By David James Robertson, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Strathclyde
Simon Hunter, Professor of Applied Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University
Stephen Butler, Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Strathclyde
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Social media apps are useful sources of information. They help us catch up with the activities of friends, news, current affairs, government COVID updates and the latest happenings in celebrity and sport.

But during the pandemic, you may have felt you spend too much time on social media. On occasion you may have seen the phrase “social media detox” posted by users who want to stop their social media use entirely for a period of time, presumably because they feel that it’s become excessive.

With concerns about the frequency of social media use, particularly among young…


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