Since the advent of wifi and smartphones, and the dawn of social media, the internet has gone from a casual pastime to encompassing our entire lives. Most of us now use social media networks as our primary means of socializing, and it’s rapidly changing the way we interact as human beings. Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few scientifically proven ways this new form of communication we rely upon is impacting our mental health, in both good ways and bad.

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1. It’s extremely addictive

Studies show that being unable to check social media can lead to psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Participants who were asked to go without social media for a week reported feelings of boredom, cravings, and social pressure to check their feeds during their abstinence, and 59% relapsed during the intervention phase at least once.

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