Daily Mail/The Telegraph

Facebook Has Similar Effect on Your Brain as Cocaine

But Researchers Say It's Much Easier to Quit

Two British newspapers picked up on a recent study conducted by CSUF professor Ofir Turel in which brain scans revealed that endless Facebook feed scrolling activates the same regions affected by cocaine.

As part of the study by the professor of information systems and decision sciences, undergraduates were asked to complete a questionnaire about how addicted they are to the social network before being asked to press buttons when certain images appeared on a screen.

By studying their brain activity, the researchers found that people who hit the button quickly after seeing Facebook-related images scored higher on the addiction test.

Coverage of the study appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of the Telegraph and the Feb. 16 Daily Mail.


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