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.
Researchers questioned over 500 Facebook users about their habits online and offline.
The study found that people who heavily used Facebook were more likely to binge eat which leads to a higher body mass index. Frequent Facebook users were also found to have more credit card debt and lower credit scores.
Previous studies found that people who browsed Facebook for five minutes possessed a strong network connection and were likely to choose a chocolate-chip cookie over healthier snacks choices.