Are You Addicted to Facebook?

on Wednesday, 09 May 2012. Posted in Breaking News, From Professionals

Facebook Addiction

Facebook can become an addiction. According to, Dr. Cecile Schou Andreassen of the University of Bergen has a theory about why some people develop this addiction.

According to Andreassen, Facebook addiction occurs more frequently in young users, and they often tend to be anxious or socially insecure, which could make communication through social media easier than face-to-face. In contrast, people who are more ambitious and organized tend to use social media as an integral part of work and networking. He also claims that women are more at risk for developing a dependency on Facebook.

Andreassen said, "As Facebook has become as ubiquitous as television in our everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many people to know if they are addicted to social media. The symptoms of Facebook addiction resemble those of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and chemical substance addiction."

Andreassen has developed a Facebook addiction scale based on 6 criteria, where all items are scored on the following categories: (1) very rarely, (2) rarely, (3) sometimes, (4) often, and (5) very often.

-You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.

-You feel the urge to use Facebook more and more.

-You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.

-You have tried to cut down on Facebook use without success.

-You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.

-You use Facebook so much that it has a negative impact on your job or studies.

Scoring "often" or "always" on at least four of the seven items may suggest you are addicted to Facebook.

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