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Remarkable results from a study on the impact of social media: short video streams (e.g. TikTok) have a significant detrimental impact on our prospective memory—our ability to remember to execute a planned action while doing an unrelated task. Interestingly, the other platforms studied (i.e. Twitter and YouTube) do not significantly affect memory performance. Another good reason to remove TikTok from your phone (if it’s still on there).

The authors made their setup, datasets, and analysis scripts available on Github to reproduce and extend their results and analysis.