A study reveals that Social Networks are more addictive than Cigarettes and Alcohol

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Currently, Social Networks have become part of our daily lives, they even come to occupy a preponderant role for some people who cannot live without them.

That is why a recent study revealed that they are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, besides having a profound impact on our health, mainly in the mental part.

The way we now connect as people is almost always linked to platforms such as Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , Snapchat, YouTube and other networks that have revolutionized human coexistence, to the extent that some of them, when used excessively, can generate anxiety disorders and even depression, even becoming a strong addiction.

The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) published a study entitled Status of mind, in which revealed that the main impact of these social networks, which also cataloged as great opportunities to learn, innovate and be creative, is to lose contact with reality.

It was at the beginning of 2017 that the RSPH conducted a survey of 1,479 users who ranged between 14 and 24 years old, which consisted of asking them about the most popular platforms, in order to discover what repercussions they had on their health and well-being.

The research yielded surprising data and one of them was that 91% of young people between 16 and 24 years of age use the internet exclusively to navigate social networks, and that the use of these platforms is linked to higher rates of anxiety, depression and lack of sleep, something worrying if one takes into account that the same study indicates that this period of life is crucial for the emotional and psychosocial development of the person.

It was in the middle of the 2000s that social networks became massive and turned the Internet into a new way of communicating and sharing information. However, the rates of anxiety and depression in young people have increased 70% in the last 25 years, in addition online harassment is a problem that increases, and of which 7 out of 10 young people have been victims.

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