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Social media accelerates groupthink

In groupthink, our desire for an unified opinion can override our ability to consider other viewpoints objectively.

A 2015 study found that 57% of Americans who use social media have posted or texted something they regret afterward. Numerous research connects increased screen time with a reduced ability to self-control or to finish a task.

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