Facebook more addictive than cigarettes?
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in on new study
- Duration 3:39
- Date Feb 7, 2012
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in on new study
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-- lots of people can't make it through the day without checking them at least once maybe twice maybe more than that but according to a brand new study by researchers at the University of Chicago social networking service -- Are more difficult to resist then cigarettes.
Are alcoholic joining me now psychiatrist and -- medical eighteen that's very exact to keep that lesson this this -- -- -- Doctor apple only 200 people vote.
And what is it any different -- millions the millions of people that he's faced a contender.
Well I think that it's very concerning and you can extrapolate to some extent from the 200 or so folks who -- included in this University of Chicago business schools study.
To the rest of us because it confirms what we suspected.
People who were polled and they they pulled them using Blackberry Smartphones.
They would reach out to them and say of these devices and they include as a vice checking social media sites.
What have you been unable to resist doing is -- smoking drinking when you get an impulse what have you been able to say no to and what can't you say no to.
It turns out checking -- -- Twitter was much harder resist then taking a drink or smoking when you feel like doing those things.
Now one of the reasons and at the researchers gave when they looked at their results were as they say that people thought there relax consequences.
If there -- less constantly check your -- -- guys did this right now so I'm guilty of the satellite.
He has lived there yeah you're addicted and if then let's say if I if I was drinking on the air there's didn't you can hear it in different consequences to that right or is there really -- -- how what is the consequence for.
For constantly being on Twitter FaceBook.
Well listen this is the trouble every drug of abuse starts with folks think and there are no consequences Sigmund Freud thought cocaine was fabulous.
Give it to his patients used it himself until he realized -- you can have a stroke you can't get off this stuff.
There isn't there are very serious consequences to FaceBook I think I think that it removes you.
From your real life experience I think it urges you to create a reality television version of yourself.
I think it causes you to think you have thousands of friends and feeds narcissus and we're gonna find out that there are tremendous downsides to social media.
And that you can't resist them and that's a prescription for cultural disaster.
-- to give -- another prescription if we want to withdraw.
From some of our social media.
-- what's the way to do that if we just let's take a step back starting today.
Well what you would use you'd say okay I'm gonna put myself on a schedule.
I'm going to check only at these times even if it's frequently John -- even if it's I'll check once an hour.
That's pretty frequently.
Also holidays a drug holiday because this is a drug saying -- on Saturdays I'm not checking from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Don't put it near your bed.
And there are other things to do too because this is a threat.
Don't forget that people on drugs blow off their relationships.
They could care less about anything else.
Here's the thing invest in those things to the exclusion of this thing the social media can take over your life don't let it by a puppy.
And her boyfriend.
Love your kids and how -- this stuff is a drug it'll take your life away from you.
That's exactly what I went atomic hasn't when I go home honey I I'm stuck check on Twitter but I just got this puppy -- is gonna -- I have announced -- -- say make it.
Got travel -- they had a -- Allison now and we'll report back we'll look better viewers are tweeting us right now and saying that.
That there addicted and that wearing name colors by talking more cash to step -- it is.