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Compulsive Facebook checking ‘linked to a lack of sleep’

5th February 2016

People who compulsively check Facebook are less likely to get a high quality of sleep, according to a new study.

Conducted by the University of California, Irvine, the study collated data on 76 undergraduates for seven days by equipping their computers and smartphones with usage logging software, while also asking them to fill out a sleep survey.

It was shown that a lack of sleep led to more frequent online activities such as browsing Facebook, while also impacting the students' moods and productivity.

A direct connection between a chronic lack of sleep, worsening mood and a greater reliance on Facebook browsing was seen, with people generally shifting their attention between different computer screens the less sleep they got, suggesting heightened distractibility.

Lead researcher Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine, said: "When you get less sleep, you're more prone to distraction. If you're being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It's lightweight, it's easy and you're tired."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801811976-ADNFCR

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