Sight of the Facebook logo is enough to trigger ‘hedonic reactions’ that are as addictive as nicotine and chocolate (Daily Mail)

With people spending more time glued to their phones, social media is quickly becoming addictive, a new study has warned.

The worrying study found that the mere sight of the Facebook logo is now enough to get some people craving time online.

The findings illustrate just how obsessed people are becoming with social media, and could help to develop a social media rehabilitation programme.

The research claims the site is just as addictive as chocolate or nicotine.  (read more)

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7 Specific Tactics Social Media Companies Use to Keep You Hooked (KQED Science)

The idea that big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Apple are addicting us to their products has gained a fair amount of traction. That’s thanks in large part to Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google who has turned whistleblower of sorts by revealing the techniques tech companies use to instill all that compulsive clicking and scrolling into your brain. Harris appeared on “60 Minutes” a couple of months ago, and last week he discussed the issue on Bill Maher’s HBO show. (link to full article)