Is overclocking actually bad for processors?

hello I have always been wondering if the actually act of overclocking automatically decreases the lifespan of a cpu/gpu or is it just the exrta heat generated considered to be the cause for the decreased lifespan.
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  1. Hi awesome opossum
    overclocking produces more heat in the cpu and can reduce its lifespan , however if you provide adequate cooling for the CPU which is overclocked you can reduce the negative affects of this
  2. Best answer
    The extra voltage and running it at unstable speeds also increases electron migration, which damages it over time.

    However, CPUs fail pretty rarely, and generally due to overheating.
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