Science Explains Why You’re Addicted to Social Media — and How to Break That Addiction


Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel knows exactly why you can’t go a minute without picking up your phone. It isn’t because you’re lazy or a millennial with no social skills. Instead, it has to do with the basics of psychology and a term called “operant conditioning.” The concept is fairly simple: Your actions are influenced by the reward you received from similar, past actions.

For example, checking your news feed is rewarding. You connect with friends and people you admire, learn about the news and more. So, you associate your social media with a happy reaction, which leads to you wanting to do it more often.

In this video, Angel explains how you can replace that reward with something more productive and get more done during the day.

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Ben Angel

Ben Angel, bestselling author of, CLICK, Sleeping Your Way to The Top in Business and Flee 9-5, is Australia's leading marketing authority. Founder of, a site dedicated to providing entrepreneurs advanced online marketing courses and education, Ben provides easy-to-apply and even easier-to-understand strategies for reaching new customers with ease.

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