Why is Social Media So Addictive?

How much of your day do you spend scrolling through social media?

Studies show that teenagers spend an average of 9 hours a day on social media, and 33% of divorced couples cite Facebook as a reason for their split.  Facebook’s own developers openly discuss the fact that their product is designed to be addictive. But what is it, exactly that keeps us reaching for our phones, and how can we prevent ourselves and our kids from becoming addicted to social media?

Dr. Eugene Gan, a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, stops by The Drew Mariani Show™ to discuss why social media is so addictive. Drew and Dr. Gan also take calls from listeners who share the negative effects it has had in their lives and relationships.

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.