08 August 2016

Addicted to social networking?

Why do so many youngsters seem to be addicted to social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram? When scientists employed functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor the brain activity of a group of 13 to 18-year-olds while they were using a photo-sharing app, they noticed that the circuits that were activated when their pics received lots of ‘likes’, even from virtual strangers, were the same that are triggered when they win money or eat chocolate. Little wonder teenagers are so hard to separate from their phones these days.


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