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New Studies Link Facebook Addiction To Poor Health And Bad Decision Making

The Facebook website is shown on a computer monitor, May 24, 2009.

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Above: The Facebook website is shown on a computer monitor, May 24, 2009.

Guest: Kevin Lewis, associate professor of sociology, UC San Diego

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A handful of recently published studies have made connections between time spent on Facebook to everything from depression to poor health and decision-making.

Kevin Lewis, an associate professor of Sociology at UC San Diego, has researched the evolution of social media networks.

"The negative consequences of this study are not surprising. What's more surprising to a lot of people is that Facebook could be a site of addiction," Lewis said.

Lewis joins Midday Edition to talk about ways to be more mindful when navigating social media networks.


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