Tech Talk-Mobile and Facebook Use

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 04/16 2014 02:15PM

Updated 04/16 2014 07:09PM

        For the first time....Americans are using smartphones and tablets more than P-Cs to access the Internet. The breakthrough came in January.
        According to data from devices accounted for 55 percent of Internet usage in the U.S. in January.
        Apps made up 47 percent of web traffic...and mobile browsers 8 percent.
        Personal computers represented 45 percent of web traffic.
        The shift follows a historic freefall in P-C sales last year.
        Whichever device you're using to access Facebook, you might want to chill.
        Facebook may be killing our restraint for all sorts of indulgences. A study         found the longer we're on it, the less self-control we have.
Researchers at Columbia University and The University of Pittsburgh found that people who spent more time on Facebook have:
        -Less persistence in their next task following their time on site.
        -Are more likely to overeat.
        -And here's a big one, were more likely to spend money -- leading to a higher credit card balance and lower credit score.
        Why? Researchers say its all about Facebook lowering our self-control.
        They found Facebook makes people happy -- because it makes them feel better connected to friends and family and improves self-esteem.
        And when people feel good, researchers say they let their guards down and self-control fails.
        For example -- they found people really let their guard down on their spending after being on Facebook for a while. More splurges were reported. If those people went to an E-bay type auction site, they were more likely to bid more than would have otherwise. 20 to 30 percent more!
        The researchers said it looks like just four or five minutes on Facebook can chip away at our self-control.
        If there was a dislike button, I'd hit it now.

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