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That’s the total number of times I’ve checked Facebook and Instagram within the past hour alone. Ashamedly, it’s become a sort of compulsive habit. No matter what I’m doing, turning on my phone or laptop wouldn’t be complete without checking Tumblr, Facebook or Instagram. Within the past year or so, social media has become a big part of my life. It’s become part of my daily morning routine. Before the thought of getting out of bed to face the day even crosses my mind, I have to check social media and see what’s been going on in the world while I’ve been sleeping. Whether I’m waiting in a line or taking a quick study break, my first impulse is always to check my phone. And I’m not the only one. According to a recent study done by Pew Research Center, “Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users.” [excerpt]
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DiPanni, Brianna, "Social Mania" (2015). SURGE. 222.