In total, 10,558 responses were recorded and a total of 7,827 “desire episodes” were reported by participants. The results of the team’s studywill soon be published in the Psychological Science journal, however preliminary data provided to The Guardian suggests the highest rate of “self-control failures” were tied to social media services.
“Modern life is a welter of assorted desires marked by frequent conflict and resistance, the latter with uneven success,” said Wilhelm Hofmann, the leader of team conducting the study. Hofmannsuggests people may fail to resist social media so much because there is no obvious or immediate downside to checking services like Twitter or Facebook. He does warn that these services can ultimately be a huge drain on users’ time, however.
“Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not ‘cost much’ to engage inthese activities, even though one wants to resist,” Hofmann said. ”With cigarettes and alcohol there are more costs – long-term as well as monetary – and the opportunity may not always be the right one. So, even though giving in to media desires is certainly less consequential, the frequent use may still ‘steal’ a lot of people’s time.http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/06/facebook-and-twitter-are-more-addictive-than-cigarettes-or-alcohol-study-finds/
Giving figures for the month of April, comScore said nearly 68 per cent of the Canadian population was online, compared to 62 per cent in France and the United Kingdom, 60 per cent in Germany, 59 per cent in the US, 57 per cent in Japan, and 36 per cent in Italy.
In this country which leads the world in internet access, Canadians also lead theworld in various offshoots of the web - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, according to the report.
"In Canada, YouTube per capita consumption of video is No. 1 in the world. It's just absolutely crazy in terms of how passionate Canadians are about YouTube," the Canadian Press quotes Chris O'Neill, Canada's country director for Google, as saying.
According to him, more than 21 million Canadiansout of its population of 34 million visit YouTube each month, compared to 147 million Americans in a population of over 310 million.
But considering the U.S. has 10 times Canada's population, Canadians are way ahead on a per capita basis, says the report.
Canadians also watch more videos each month, with an average of 147 as compared to 100 per US viewer.
With more than 17 millionFacebook users, Canada has more than half of its population hooked to this socializing web site.
India and Canada are neck and neck for the 9th and 10th positions on the list of countries with the most Facebook accounts, according to the report.
Though no figures are available for Twitter accounts in Canada, their number has jumped 75 per cent since the beginning of the year, according to Twitter.In fact, Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber, who is just 16, has more than 6.4 million followers on Twitter.
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