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“Facebook is like cocaine”: sure it’s that simple?

“Facebook is like cocaine”: sure it’s that simple?

Many studies compare the dependence on social networks to gambling addiction and drug addiction. But still there is a cure

Facebook is like cocaine. The social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg can be addictive just like the alkaloid. , According to a study recently published in Psychological Reports: Disability and Trauma in which twenty students from the University of California declared symptoms similar to those seen in people who routinely use of hard drugs if deprived of access to the platform.

“The dependence linked to technology – reads the paper – feature characteristics similar to those related to drugs and gambling.” In a second phase it has been shown to volunteers a series of images with the prayer or not to press a key at some and not others. Those who had explained to feel anxious without the steady stream of their board under the eyes were the same, also require brain monitoring, pressing the button quickly while watching shots related to Facebook, as the logo.

“It’s pretty scary – said Ofir Turel, a professor at California State University – means that users feel compelled to reply to a message on Facebook on their smartphones before to look after the traffic conditions, if for example they are using the phone while driving. ” In other words, the ecosystem that changes brings with it a series of revolutions in brain hierarchies. Not all positive. Rather. The company, and all that means in terms of social inclusivity would be for example, at least for those subjects, before security.

This is yet another investigation of this kind. In recent years they have piled up hundreds. Some of absolute thickness and great interest. With so much of derivatives decalogues developed by various associations. connected generation, the group of the Ministry of Education work, for example, widespread in recent months a list of red flags to look out to see if you are actually addicted to social networks. They range from the publication of selfies throttle all’eloquio peppered with hashtag (?) Passing by the poor parallelism between digital and friends met to really up to the classic sticking to your smartphone or a Facebook like daily move upon awakening.

A little experiment of 2014, among the most interesting, instead aimed to break up from the noose of numbers. According to the programmer and American artist Ben Grosser would those red numerini, total notifications, new friend requests, new messages, summarized in the top right of the desktop or anywhere else in the mobile app, to hold us hostage. He had established on the basis of an investigation launched in 2012. So much so that an extension was invented, called The Facebook Demetricator, which cleaned up the company from those figures, replacing them with blue icons. To see that to take effect. The Norwegian University of Bergen has instead launched a sort of dependency scale of Facebook which, starting from some questions like “Do you use Facebook to forget the problems?” Allows you to assess the level of dependence on the site. If you say yes to four out of six, there is no escape of a toxic social.

In short, they have been published so many, of similar research, and with so little success – just think of the history of photos of children on Facebook, that mothers, despite all kinds of invitation, continue to publish without stopping – that is almost think that perhaps we are doing something wrong. In the sense that this kind of addiction – that in the no adverse effects from drugs like that – should perhaps be exposed, explained and communicated in a different way. With an education to 360 degrees, which starts from adults to get to the children. Because they are often older, Millennials already fathers or older brothers, to be a very bad example in terms of time spent (wasted?) To the company.

One thing is clear: even if under the brain profile signals are the same, even if the symptoms are similar, tell the dependence on social networks with the alarmist tone of that cocaine or gambling is not working. Does not produce results, and indeed, for the perceived severity compared to these other fronts, considered by public opinion in extremely severe complex and worrying a impallinato by post, it is often a communication to lose. Because it is paid to the chapter “oddities” instead of being considered seriously.

More fruitful it might turn the matter and explain this phenomenon not so much from a biological standpoint, chemical, medical, but cutting it under the social. Avoiding comparisons of a certain type. Understand that what, how much and how you lose, for example, to spend too much time on that platform. Groped to assess the impact on productivity, when it comes to work (some studies, with striking results from billions of dollars, have tried to do it) or on the real social relations, in the flesh, if you deal with privacy.

Since, in the immediacy, a Facebook abuse has not the same, nauseating effects of an addiction to cocaine, there is, therefore, to invent a new perspective according to which not only set these studies but, more modestly, according to which he narrates to those who might feel involved by this new form of dependence.