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Facebook and Twitter more tempting than sex: study

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Technology Oct. 07, 2012 – 06:40AM JST( 7 )

SAN FRANCISCO —

A study arousing interest online has found that checking Facebook or Twitter is more alluring than sex for those immersed in Internet Age lifestyles.

The week-long poll conducted in Germany by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business classified checking social network tweets, pictures, comments and other posts as stronger than sex and cigarettes in terms of temptation.

“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,” Wilhelm Hofmann, the study’s lead author, told the Los Angeles Times.

People ranging in age from 18 to 85 took part in the poll by using smartphones to regularly update researchers regarding their cravings to check in with online communities.

Study participants were also asked to track hankerings for sex, alcohol, cigarettes, or other gratification.

Yearnings for fixes of Facebook, Twitter or other social networks were ranked as the hardest desires to resist, according to reports about the findings.

The study also revealed that work was a fierce addiction.

People able to stave off urges for sex, shopping sprees, or other temptations tended to cave when it came to working, the study showed.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/facebook-and-twitter-more-tempting-than-sex-study

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3 thoughts on “Facebook and Twitter more tempting than sex: study

  1. I’ve been trying to find this study on the internet and there’s nothing except articles that repeat the same thing. Where are the statistics to back this study up?
    The same University put out a study earlier in February that’s a bit more detailed in the news about Fb & T are more alluring than cigarettes and alcohol. It makes sense that this would be the next logical step.

    The information is believable considering our own experiences and previous studies, but I want to read the stats first before I make any judgements.
    Why isn’t the solution to this issue to permanently delete Facebook and Twitter? Who knows, it might just be so frustrating to have lost everything completely you might not want to try building all of it up again. `

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