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Poll: Facebook, Twitter more tempting than sex

2012-10-06 14:51

San Francisco - A study arousing interest online has found that checking Facebook or Twitter is more alluring than sex for those immersed in internet age lifestyles.

The week-long poll conducted in Germany by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business classified checking social network tweets, pictures, comments and other posts as stronger than sex and cigarettes in terms of temptation.

"Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not cost much to engage in these activities, even though one wants to resist," Wilhelm Hofmann, the study's lead author, told the Los Angeles Times.

People ranging in age from 18 to 85 took part in the poll by using smartphones to regularly update researchers regarding their cravings to check in with online communities.

Study participants were also asked to track hankerings for sex, alcohol, cigarettes, or other gratification.

Yearnings for fixes of Facebook, Twitter or other social networks were ranked as the hardest desires to resist, according to reports about the findings.

The study also revealed that work was a fierce addiction.

People able to stave off urges for sex, shopping sprees, or other temptations tended to cave when it came to working, the study showed.

Comments
  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-06 15:36

    Before even reading the story, I knew the study wasn't done in South Africa.

      thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-06 15:52

      Ya coz most south africans don't own gadgets w facebook and twitter

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 15:44

    These is nothing more greater than sex. I thought these fools knew.

      nonceba.msindo.1 - 2012-10-06 17:30

      I truelly agree with this guy not is more interesting than sex. Obviously the research was not done in South Africa

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-10-06 15:52

    Definately not in South Africa

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2012-10-06 16:20

    I strongly disagree with this headline.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-06 16:36

    and then

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-07 09:02

    Would be sad if this was the case, like all things you have to discipline yourself. Wife time, family time.

  • ndimphiwe.luhabe - 2012-10-07 19:58

    Hayi! I dnt believe in this.

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-10-08 08:04

    I tweet during sex best of both worlds

  • bmaestro - 2012-10-29 14:08

    not all south Africans have smartphones and readily available internet access,so if the study is done here it will be a very very different story all together.

  • bmaestro - 2012-10-29 14:12

    if a lady strips in front of me i will insist on checking my twitter page first,face-booking to me is not that tempting

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