"Again, those who used substitutes reported missing and craving Facebook less over time, whereas those who weren’t reminded to try alternatives missed it more over time."

Not a quote from a advocate 🍍, but research cited by Chicago Booth Review in 2015:


@shatteredgears Not sure whether social media is an addiction and whether we should really want to "wean" ourselves off it. Social media can be quite useful, after all! A permanent replacement for some of the most popular platforms might be desirable, though (see other comments in the thread, too).

@stefanieschulte @shatteredgears I often hear this said and always counter with ICD10 checklists. who.int/substance_abuse/termin
no strong desires, no withdrawal symptoms, no tolerance, no neglect of alternative pleasures, no persisting with substance use despite clear evidence of overtly harmful consequences… I guess you could say "why don't you spend more time outside?!" arguing for alternative pleasures? Pfft!

@kensanata @shatteredgears I think social media usage is not much different from "older" people's habit of watching a lot of TV (which was always alien to me, even if I'm one of those "older" people myself).

Many people used to switch on their TVs as soon as their arrived home. Some didn't even talk to each other while staring at the screen! On social media, people are at least interacting with each other.


@shatteredgears @kensanata 😱 s/"their arrived home"/"they arrived home"

Downside of social media: More opportunities for typos, compared with watching 📺!

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