Nix a nasty habit in 140 characters or less. People who share struggles via social media are more successful at giving up smoking—and staying clean—than those who seek support offline, finds new University of Georgia research.
Social media can help you link up with like-minded others over a common goal—like quitting smoking—says study author Joe Phua, Ph.D. And the more connected you feel, the more you believe you can curb your cravings.
One huge perk over weekly meetings? Support is at your disposal 24/7, Phua says. (One example: Turkeyville, a Facebook group founded by smoking counselors.)
For the best results, speak up in chats or videos and build relationships by following people, commenting, and liking posts, says Phua. “You’ll feel like you have support to help you quit each and every step of the way.”