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Students denied social media go through withdrawal

April 29, 2010

New research from the University of Maryland finds that students are hooked on cellphones and social media, with withdrawal symptoms similar to those reported by drug and alcohol addicts.

Researchers asked 200 students on the University of Maryland campus to give up all media for a full day and blog on private websites about their experience. The authors were surprised by the number of students who said they were incredibly addicted to media.

Addiction-like withdrawal symptoms reported included anxiety, misery, and being jittery.

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