40% of Americans would give up their pets before social media, study shows

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HOUSTON (KIAH) — More and more people say they can’t give up their social media accounts!

Even with all the studies about the impacts of social media, 70% of users determined the cost of disabling their social media accounts would be at least $10,000 and almost 40% would give up their pets rather than their socials. That’s all according to new survey titled, “The State of Critical Thinking: 2021,” conducted by The Reboot Foundation.

Social media saw massive growth over the past year — 1.3 million new users joined social media every day during 2020. 

Technology filtered into every facet of life over the past year, making it more difficult than ever to step away from the screen. There is a growing concern for the mental health ramifications and addictive quality of social media, according to the study.

When participants were asked whether they thought their technology usage intensified feelings such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, more than 50% indicated they were at least somewhat intensified, with at least 20% saying they were very or extremely intensified.

See the full study here!

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