7 reasons why Facebook is terrible for you

Research from around the globe shows how Facebook negatively impacts your life VIDEO

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Around three-and-a-half years ago, I deactivated Facebook — a move that lasted a mere week. I recognized I had a problem: I was constantly checking my phone, scrolling for hours through an endless feed of curated, online lives. I was addicted to the social media platform.

Facebook addiction has actually been studied by researchers, and as a video from BuzzFeed points out, it may be “more addictive than cigarettes,” a phenomenon studied by the University of Chicago.

Facebook, several studies have shown, can negatively impact your life — from relationships to your own well-being. (Even Facebook’s own invasive study, showed that negative posts on a news feed, led to people posting more negative things, which is reason enough to quit.)

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So what can you do? You can quit, or as the Huffington Post points out, just restrict your daily use.

I plastered Post-its to my desk, work computer, home laptop and phone. Each helpfully reminded me, “No Facebook.” Though I didn’t have the courage to remain deactivated for an extended period of time. It was enough to break the endless [news feed] cycle, quell the jolt of happiness triggered with each notification and remove the crushing defeat when “friends” didn’t like your status. I now live comfortably on- and offline.

Watch the BuzzFeed video below:

h/t Huffington Post

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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