New research is intended for professionals to seriously care for the excessive use of social media. In one study, they found that those who spend more time on Facebook or Instagram have performed negative results in an exercise that tests their decision-making skills. ( Dariusz Sankowski | Pixabay )
A new study found a link between excessive use of social media and compromise of decision-making ̵
Michigan State University recruited 71 participants and evaluated their social media habits using the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS), the first psychological scale to measure the Facebook addiction developed by Norwegian researchers. All participants also took the Iowa Gambling Task to evaluate their decision-making process.
The researchers argue that this is the first study to probe the link between excessive use of social media and compromise or risky decision-making. The results were published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions .
Excessive judgment on prejudices in the use of social media
Approximately one third of all human beings worldwide use social media sites. Facebook, the biggest of all, reported having an average of 1.49 billion active users per day on all platforms starting from September 2018. In June last year Instagram, a site owned by Facebook, reached 1 billion monthly users.  So many minutes are spent in social media and, according to researchers, many are showing excessive and mismatched use of these apps and sites.
"With so many people around the world using social media, it is crucial for us to understand its use," said Dar Meshi, the lead author of the study. "I think social media has enormous benefits for people, but it's also a dark side when people can not hold back, we need to understand this push better, so we can determine if we're using excessive social media media should be considered an addiction ".
During their study, Meshi and his colleague found that participants who admitted to excessively use social media behaved worse in the Iowa Gambling Task. The exercise, which is used by psychologists, involves four decks of cards from which the participants have to choose.
Those who did better in the exercise, the researchers found, spend less time registered on Facebook, Instagram or any other popular
The excessive use of social media as addiction
Researchers they noted that they did not probe because participants who admitted to excessively using social media showed poor decision-making skills during the test, but there is a correlation worth examining. The altered judgment is often a trait associated with people who have substance use disorders and sometimes leads to negative consequences.
Researchers hope the study can motivate mental health experts to consider the overuse of social media as a serious problem, especially for young people.
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