Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Lack of sleep could result in addiction to social media

Narada Desk | February 6, 2016 4:33 pm Print

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According to a recent study, the lack of sleep can lead to a more frequent checking of your Facebook account. The compulsiveness to check social media often can be related to insomnia in a person.

The research was held at the University of California, Irvine. The lack of sleep, in addition to the faulty mood that inevitably leads to poor productivity and performance, may lead to more online activities such as Facebook and twitter.

Gloria Mark, a lead researcher in the lead said, “When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction. If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”

The long term of effect of sleep deprivation can also seep into our economy. It can affect performance at work and mishaps can take place.

Experts studying human-computer interaction are trying to understand the impacts of sleep loss on people and this could help them in designing better technologies and products. Central to their research was the concept of ‘sleep debt’, referred to the difference between the amount of sleep required and the amount experienced.

According to their findings, there does exist a direct connection between chronic sleep loss, impulsive mood and a greater reliance on social media browsing. People who tend to have less sleep are also known to high distracted.

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