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Including the loss of sleep .. devastating effects of Facebook on the user!

There is no doubt that social media has become an important part of daily life. However, its impact can be “devastating”.

The results of a survey showed that one in eight suffers from compulsive use of social networks, which affects life, whether in terms of sleep habits or social relationships, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Internet addiction”

Usage patterns reflect forms known as “internet addiction,” according to the survey, which was prepared by Facebook researchers based on internal company documents.

The researchers also expressed concern that some users lack control over the time they spend using Facebook, and as a result are experiencing problems in their lives.

However, they indicated that they do not consider it “clinically addictive” behavior because it does not affect the brain in the same way as drug use, for example, but it is behavior that may cause problems for some due to overuse.

Loss of sleep and deterioration of relationships

Also, some of the problems that excessive use of Facebook may cause may lead to a loss of productivity, especially when some stop completing tasks in their lives to frequently check networks, or even lose sleep when they stay up late to continue browsing the application, or even The deterioration of in-person relationships replaces the time a person can spend with real people to only online people.

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The researchers estimated that these problems affect about 12.5% ​​of Facebook network users, whose number is close to 3 billion, which means that about 360 million users are affected, about 10% of them in the United States.

The documents revealed by the “Wall Street Journal” indicate that Facebook knows that the success of its systems and products is based on changing a person’s routine, which may cause great harm to a wide segment of users.

Suggest fixes

It is noteworthy that the researchers tried to provide recommendations to focus on “user well-being” as they proposed a set of reforms, some of which were implemented, and building optional features to encourage reducing the time of using social networks, and re-engineering notifications in a different way. However, the department in which these researchers worked was canceled in late 2019.

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In a previous press release, Facebook spokeswoman Danny Lever said the company has in recent months begun drafting new changes to address what it calls “problematic use” to ensure it does not affect mental health or other user well-being concerns.

Lever also pointed out that some people suffer from fatigue from other technologies such as television or smart cellular devices, which is why Facebook has added tools and controls to help people manage tim

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