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Why it's important to think about social media use as a form of dissociation, rather than addiction

By Amanda Baughan, PhD Student in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had an unfortunate Saturday routine. I would wake up in my studio apartment and immediately turn to my phone, telling myself that I would get breakfast after quickly checking Twitter.

An hour or so later, I would look up and realize what time it was - and how ravenous I’d become. I had become totally absorbed in looking at memes, snark and the 24 hour news cycle.

This experience sparked an idea: What if, instead of people becoming “addicted” to social media – as users oftenThe Conversation

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