Study: Facebook Can Make You Fat, Mean and Poor

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  • A new study discovers a new source of blame for making you fat, mean and poor.

    The study conducted by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania found that Facebook activity lowers self-control.

    "Think of it as a licensing effect: You feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement," said Keith Wilcox, assistant professor of marketing at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study. "And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don't share their opinions. These types of behavior—poor self-control, inflated sense of self—"are often displayed by people impaired by alcohol."

    Study results also revealed predictable findings about the outcomes related to drinking and posting.

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