Twitter, Facebook More Addictive than Cigarettes, Alcohol

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While it’s probably not nearly as bad for you, social media may be even more addictive than alcohol and tobacco, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The study, led by Wilhelm Hofmann of the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School, tracked the daily activities and attitudes of 250 people ages 18-85 from the German city of Würzburg as they attempted to abstain from social media use for one week; the study subjects were given BlackBerrys to register their responses.

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