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Social media ‘selfie culture’ may inadvertently boost narcissism

A recent study reveals that an increase in narcissistic traits may be an unwanted result of sharing images, including selfies, ‘excessively’ on social media. This uptick in traits pushed some participants past the diagnostic cut-off for narcissistic personality disorder. Social media allows us to share major life events and daily musings alike with friends, family, […]

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Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities

The research, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, involved interviews with almost 10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England. The researchers found that social media may harm girls’ mental health by increasing their exposure to bullying and reducing their sleep and physical exercise. “Our results suggest […]

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Excessive social media use, television viewing increase depression in teenagers

Changes in adolescent social media use and television use predict increases in symptoms of depression. The study, published July 15 in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that a higher than average frequency of social media and television viewing over four years predicts more severe symptoms of depression over that same time frame. Over and above a potential […]

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Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction, say researchers

Bad decision-making is a trait often associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction “Around one-third of humans on the planet are using […]

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