This is after a new study revealed that the extent of our obsession with social media could actually be written in our genes, rather than just being a product of our complete lack of willpower.
Researcher Chance York, who is presenting his findings at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in San Diego, found that (a rather large) two thirds of our social media use is attributable to genetic traits.
While unique and shared environmental factors account for the remainder of the variance.
Past research has repeatedly shown that genetics influence the way we communicate with other people, but this paper goes further to show that these traits also affect our online behaviours not just face to face.
Instead he said: “We are still working in a ‘black box’ in that we can’t directly observe how genes impact our neuroanatomy, which in turn impacts cognitive processing, personality, and subsequent media selection and effects.
“However, this study―and this line of inquiry―is a starting point for studying genetic influence on communication.”
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Recent studies have also shown that not only is our DNA responsible for how we interact with each other, but it can also be partly to blame for loneliness too.
American researchers found that the tendency to feel left out, isolated and lacking companionship over a lifetime is between 14-27% genetic.
The researchers also found that people who inherit loneliness tend to inherit neuroticism - a long-term negative emotional state.
Mum and dad, you’ve got a lot to answer for.
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