By Kiersten Hickman, October 6, 2021
“Indeed social media can be like any other addiction,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “At base, there is a foraging or searching behavior, which is often rewarded with ‘a find,’ and the ensuing surge in dopamine. Many social media experiences follow this pattern and that is how people can stay up way too late in the night endlessly scrolling.”
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