Letter from the editor – 45.23

To the amazing ML/LD community,


So you will notice one of the articles in this weeks edition (45.23) is about a study that calls into question whether social media is addictive or not.

While I am definitely one of the people that firmly believe in the harm social media is doing it’s important to look at both sides of the argument around this topic, but the study in itself raised a a few questions in my mind around its design.

I am by no means a researcher but the results were based simply by asking 50 odd people to “swear off” social media for a week (no checks in place) and then to simply fill out surveys around how much time they spent on different smartphone apps and emotional well being.

We even had a supportive quote from a communication scientist (not involved in the study at all) “It’s a really well done study”.


What followed were a few other articles that stated things like “Scientists can’t agree whether socail media is addictive or not” and things of that nature.


It brings to mind a 1969 infamous memo from a tobacco company “Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the “body of fact” that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy”.

As the heat gets dialed up on some of the naughtier things big tobacco sorry I meant big tech have done from a legal standpoint I’m all for healthy debate and studies that provide evidence to the contrary argument that social media is not addictive.

Just don’t bring me any studies that potentially ask addicts to self report on their behaviours with no checks in place.


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Morgan McCarthy




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