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Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

You hear a lot about people “addicted” to the Internet, whether it’s the Internet as a whole, or articles telling you how to stop being “addicted to Facebook” or “addicted to your phone.” Sometimes they actually do mean real addiction, but more often, those articles use “addiction” in the colloquial, where it’s just inconvenient to be without access to the Internet—not a real illness.

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Why memes succeed

What causes a particular meme to take the Internet by storm, dominating image boards and inspiring hundreds of variations, while another one languishes?

It’s a tantalizing question in the nascent field of meme theory, and not just because the answer could shed light on our collective online subconscious. It’s also possible that research into it could eventually explain broader aspects of cultural consumption—why an entire work, perhaps even a novel or a painting, might gain a following, flop, or eventually fade into obscurity.

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