Digital Addiction

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Abstract

Many have argued that digital technologies such as smartphones and social media are “addictive.” Is this true? If so, what are the policy implications? We study digital addiction from the perspective of behavioral economics, using a large randomized experiment with American smartphone users. Our results suggest that self-control problems combined with habit formation cause 31 percent of social media use.

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