Researchers have found that social media addicts suffer from withdrawal systems if they are forced to go “cold turkey” with no Facebook or Twitter for just a single month.

Researchers have found that social media addicts suffer from withdrawal systems if they are forced to go “cold turkey” with no Facebook or Twitter for just a single month.

 
The University of Winchester in the UK conducted the research, asking ten self-confessed Facebook addicts and another ten Twitter addicts to go four weeks without posting or tweeting.
 
Many addicts reported feeling isolated from the world, since they largely organised their social life through these mediums. Facebook users were found to suffer more issues than Twitter users, given the former's more social nature.
 
 
However, there were also positive effects, such as allowing people to catch up with chores or spend more time with immediate family.
 
“Some people would argue this addiction to social media is eating away at people’s lives, but what most of these so-called addicts are doing online is profoundly social," said Dr. David Giles, who led the study. “The average internet user today is not the bedroom hermit of the 1990s but a savvy individual with a smartphone who openly manages his or her entire social life and personal relationships online.”
 
The researchers also got ten inactive social media users and ten people who had never used Facebook or Twitter at all to start posting and tweeting. The findings showed that many users enjoyed the process and some reported seeing their friends more than ever because of it.
 
Source: The Telegraph