Facebook use connected to lack of self control, study shows

CREATED Jan 16, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new study shows that spending a lot of time on social networks could reduce your self control, leading to weight gain and even credit card debt. 

Researchers say when users connect with friends online, it can reduce their self control and inflate their self-esteem.

Those factors can lead to things like binge eating and spending.

The five-part study examined more than 1,000 Facebook users in the U.S. 

In one component, participants were told to browse either Facebook or CNN.com. Then, they were offered a cookie or a granola bar. Those who browsed Facebook were more likely to grab a cookie, while those who read CNN went for the granola bars.

In another component of the study, researchers surveyed participants on their social media use and personal information on body weight and debt. The results showed a connection between frequent social media use and a higher body mass index, increased binge eating, a lower credit score and higher levels of credit card debt.

SOURCE: Social Networks May Inflate Self-Esteem, Reduce Self-Control 

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