Social Media Tough to Resist

An upcoming study to be published in Psychological Science finds checking social media “is ranked the highest desires to resist” in comparison to nicotine and sex. The study’s lead author, Wilhelm Hofmann, says:

Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not cost much to engage in these activities, even though one wants to resist.”

I look forward to reading the paper because I have a lot of questions about the methods. As reported, The Mail Online seems to have conflated the concepts of “desire” and “willpower,” which is problematic. 

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