Is Social Media Making Us Crazy?

Newsmax reports that the use of social media has skyrocketed from 7 percent of American adults in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015. For those in the 18-29 age range, the increase is larger, from 12 percent to a whopping 90 percent. But while an increase in social media usage is hardly surprising, the number of people who just can’t tear themselves away is stark: Nowadays, 43 percent of Americans say they are checking their emails, texts, or social media accounts constantly.

The majority of articles I have read on the subject, particularly at (no surprise, of course), take it for granted that Donald Trump is responsible for the social media insanity. “If the President of the United States didn’t tweet, would we all be in such a tizzy?” they sniff. Such political bias – under the guise of “psychology” no less – is neither objective nor scientific. It’s not the content of social media so much as the way you handle social media that counts. Are you rational in the way you utilize your phone and computer, or are you constant and compulsive about it?

Note the emphasis on constant checkers…



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