Are Twitter and Facebook the latest forms of contraception?
A study released earlier this month found that checking Facebook or Twitter is more tempting than sex for some people.
Could social networking sites be causing relationship problems, even divorces? After all, what does it say if your partner prefers checking his Facebook to joining you in bed?
The study, conducted in Germany by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, found that the impulse to check in on social media is among the strongest temptations for our society today.
205 participants, ranging in age from 18 to 85, used their smartphones to update researchers every 30 minutes for a week regarding how often they checked in with social media pages or mobile devices.
They were also asked to track yearnings for sex, alcohol, cigarettes or other gratification. But it turned out that Facebook, Twitter and other social networks were the hardest attractions to resist.
Some students in India, when asked about these findings, agreed completely. From meriness:
“Tweets and comments on Facebook make me at high and I do not feel doing anything at the end of the day. It is just new addiction for our generation besides smoking, drinking etc. Earlier, I used to sleep 8 hours a day but entry of new activity on Facebook keeps me awake for half of the night,” said Manya Kinjhar, student of Economics, Nagaland University.
“When people are posting more sexy and spicy things on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube then who cares about sex with partner. This generation is more smarter than others; they not only know much better about sexual characteristics, they are also ready to talk about it frankly,” said Nitin Jhoba, another student from Nagaland University.
Right up there with the addiction to social media sites comes the pull of work.
From Consumer Affairs:
“Resisting the desire to work was likewise prone to fail,” said Wilhelm Hofmann, lead author of the study. “In contrast, people were relatively successful at resisting sports inclinations, sexual urges and spending impulses, which seems surprising given the salience in modern culture of disastrous failures to control sexual impulses and urges to spend money.”
“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,” explained Hofmann.
Hofmann added that pushing back those temptations might get harder by day’s end; after fighting against the desire to tweet all day, you might just have to give in by the evening.
Okay, so this was a week-long study in Germany, but does it apply to the rest of the world? Is this a problem that could require some sort of professional treatment?
How often do you use Twitter and Facebook? Are you like my ninth grade students who send and receive at least 200 texts a day, on average? Or my tenth grade student who broke down and sobbed for 10 minutes when I took her phone away after she was texting in class?
Or do you have it all under control?
Do you need some help to control your passion for social media? And most importantly, is the Internet causing havoc in your sex life?
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