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How Addictive Is Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sure, you check Facebook a few times a day. You have a tab open with Twitter refreshing every few minutes. Your smartphone buzzes every time you’re tagged in an Instagram photo. But you’re not addicted!

Social media has infiltrated your life, whether you like it or not. Take a look at this infographic to see if you’re in danger of becoming an addict.

TotalDUI polled a thousand teens to see how they use Facebook, Twitter and other networks, and what effect they have on their lives.

Half of the respondents say that social media has helped their friendships, and thirty percent say it has made them more outgoing. Sounds good so far!

However, social media isn’t all roses. Four out of five of the teens have experienced negative side effects when they disconnect from technology. And most of these students can’t go 24 hours without checking in to their social networks. Twitter and Facebook also make teens feel a variety of negative feelings, including depression, insecurity, panic and dependence.

So is that addiction? Take a look at the infographic below and judge for yourself:

(Infographic courtesy of TotalDUI.com; Computer addiction image via Shutterstock)

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