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Surprising consequences of using Facebook

Surprising consequences of using Facebook
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When was the last time you checked your Facebook account? Yesterday? A few hours ago? A few minutes ago?

Whether they admit it or not, most people have a slight addiction to social media. Even if you don't post a status update regularly, chances are that when you do, you care about what the outcome is. Share a photo on your Facebook wall, and you'll probably be checking back to see how many likes and comments it gets.

Without us realizing it, social media has impacted our behavior. And some of what we're discovering about the underlying consequences isn't all that great. We've told you about how social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, can track your every move. (Click here to see which companies are tracking you, and listen to our podcast below.)

We've also told you about how social media can have a negative impact on your mood, even leaving you feeling depressed and stressed.

The latter may be one of the reasons why security researchers just found another detrimental side effect of social media. In a recent study, researchers found that the use of social media caused nearly one-third of people to have less interest in real relationships. Communication was found to suffer among 31 percent of parents, 23 percent of spouses and 35 percent of friends. The reason? Why talk when you can just follow someone on social media?

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