Psychological intervention study: even brief abstinence from social media causes withdrawal symptoms

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(businesspress24) - Researchers from Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences identify addiction-like behaviour after time away from social media

Krems (Austria), 14 November 2018

The name speaks for itself: for many people, social media are now part and parcel of social interactions, and also of everyday life. In-depth studies of how and when people use social media have already been carried out, but little is known about usersTheir answers chimed with findings from the field of addiction research. The findings were published today in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.


A total of 152 people aged between 18 and 80 took part in the study, 70% of them women. Speaking about the fact that more than 1,000 people saw the invitation to participate, but only about 30% of them were interested in taking part and ultimately just under 15% were prepared to spend time away from social media, Prof. Stieger commented:

Unexpected results

When it came to the impacts on the subjectsay life, and consequently how difficult it is to stick to a commitment to do without social media, even among those who are prepared to do so.

The study published today also used a survey method that Prof. Stieger is continually optimising for use in psychology. The method is based on a smartphone app, which is tailored to each individual project and enables subjects to provide data in a familiar environment. This rules out artefacts caused by laboratory settings and the like. The study once more underlines KL Krems

Original publication: Stieger, S., & Lewetz, D. (2018). A week without using social media: Results from an ecological momentary intervention study using smartphones. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21, 618-624.

About Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences

Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) is a pioneer for innovation in medical and health sciences education and research, and a catalyst for groundbreaking work which will benefit society at large. Research at KL focuses on niche fields in bridge disciplines such as biomedical engineering, psychology and psychodynamics, as well as topics including water quality and related health issues. Study programmes include health sciences, human medicine, psychology, psychotherapy and counselling and have full European recognition. A network of university hospitals in St Poelten, Krems, and Tulln provides students with quality-assured, research-led education; it enables them to do top-class clinical research that is recognised worldwide. Karl Landsteiner University received accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2013.

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