Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, says he thinks social media platforms are addictive. “I do think, like anything else, these tools can be addictive,” Dorsey said. “And we should be aware of that, acknowledge it, and make sure we make our customers aware of better usage patterns. The more information here, the better. ” < / P > < p > Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were asked about app addiction at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday to discuss content regulation and the 2020 election. Senator Lindsay Graham questioned whether the platforms they built were capable of making customers addicted to them. < / P > < p > their answers are quite different: Dorsey thinks social media platforms can be addictive, while Zuckerberg says that research on users finding social media platforms addictive is “inconclusive.”. Zuckerberg says he hasn’t seen any internal research that suggests that Facebook can be addictive. < / P > < p > “from what I’ve seen so far, this is inconclusive, and most studies show that the vast majority of people don’t think or experience that these services are addictive or problematic,” Zuckerberg said. “But I do think that people should be given some control measures to help them better manage their experience, which is something we are very concerned about.” < / P > < p > research has shown that social media applications have the ability to be addictive because they create “social well-being” for users. “Researchers have found that real addicts can tolerate this feeling, so they need more and more exposure to get the same effect,” said Joseph Locke, PhD, psychology at the Cleveland Clinic < / P > < p > Tristan Harris, a former Google employee and outspoken advocate of “humanized technology,” has always believed that apps are designed just like they are addictive. Almost every time someone slides down on twitter, Facebook or instagram, they get a new post or photo reward, and that’s why people come back. < p > < p > Harris told business insider last year that providing users with more usage data seemed to be the advice of Dorsey and Zuckerberg, but it did not solve the problem of application addiction. < / P > < p > “if the person feels that anxiety and a desire for novelty in the lower nervous system that causes them to reach for the phone for a second time in the last 60 seconds,” Harris said, “it’s not because they just need a seat belt or. (need) a limit, say, “don’t do it.” Instead, he called on application designers to focus on creating positive experiences, encouraging people to build real connections, rather than just opening applications for the “next dopamine repair.”. Privacy Policy