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What are some risks of social media?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    People can get swamped in social media and spend too many hours a day on the computer (or TV). Just two hours a day sitting in front of the computer increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20% and your risk of getting heart disease by 15%.

    The problem with Facebook is that you think you are interacting socially with others when you are not. This can lead to what psychiatrists call desensitization -- a kind of dulling of your ability to interact with people right in front of you. Add that to regular ol' alienation and you have a formula for unhappiness or even depression.
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