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A customer checks her iPhone smartphone store during the sales launch of the Apple Inc. Much more research is obviously needed before we conclude that social media is like tobacco. And even if it is, the harm would need to be very substantial in order to get government policy involved in limiting social-media use.(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Social media is the new opiate for the masses

By Noah Smith
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2018 01:24 PM IST
In addition to concerns about privacy, electoral influence and online abuse, social media seems like it has many of the qualities of an addictive drug
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