Whistleblower testimony in Congress yesterday, damning exposés in the Wall Street Journal and a technical gaffe that knocked Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp offline for most of a day have put our love-hate relationships with Facebook in stark relief. What started out a decade and a half ago as an infatuation has slowly curdled into a codependency.

Even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal left many feeling violated and manipulated, somehow many of us haven’t been able to follow through on our desire to #DeleteFacebook, and the social media platform has steadily grown.

Wayne State University’s Elizabeth Stoycheff explains the social science behind our evolving feelings about the social media giant, including why it’s so hard to just walk away from the fraught relationship.

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Facebook users no longer see the site as a confidant. They’re struggling with how to deal with a messy codependence – and whether to just break up and move on with healthier friends.

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