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Facebook is a mental health threat, says Brussels MEP

June 24, 2010

An opinion piece in the Telegraph pokes fun at an MEP for describing Facebook as a mental health threat. It’s not hard to see Ed West’s point: "Why is it that the people and organisations that make reality so unpleasant are also the ones who berate everyone for trying to escape it?".

But the MEP’s reasoning is also worryingly compelling, Mr West quotes: "The site, she says, is addictive because it gives people “intermittent reinforcement” – in other words that vague feeling of interest and hope one gets when opening Facebook"


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