A new study has revealed that many social networking users are so much dependent on technology that if they don't access their mobile devices or post status updates on Facebook, they develop symptoms found in drug addicts attempting to let go of their habit.
In an international experiment, dubbed Unpluged, volunteers were asked not to access emails, text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates for 24 hours; even access to newspapers and any other source of information was denied.
The study, which was conducted by 12 universities around the world, found that a majority of volunteers developed symptoms found in people that are attempt to quit smoking or doing drugs.
As a part of the experiment, volunteers were asked to maintain a dairy to record what they were going through and could read only books.
Dr Roman Gerodimos, a lecturer at the University of Bournemouth, said in a statement to The Telegraph that “The extent to which we are using some of this modern technology and new media is changing us. Participants described feeling fidgety and kept reaching for their mobile phones even when they weren't there.”
It is not the first time that the extent of "social networking" addiction has been reported. Back in July 2010, a research conducted by Lightspeed Research showed that more than a fifth of women in the UK checked their Facebook profiles in the middle of the night.