Do you spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook?
Do you feel the urge to use Facebook more and more?
If you answered “yes” to those questions or four more, then you may have a problem.
Usually we think of addiction in relation to a potentially dangerous substance like alcohol or drugs, but researchers from Norway have found that there is a new sort of addiction: Facebook addiction. They have developed a new scale to measure Facebook addiction, The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale.
Here are some more ways to tell if you’re addicted:
Do you use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems?
Have you tried to cut down on your use of Facebook without success?
Do you become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook?
Does your use of Facebook interfere with your ability to do your job or complete your studies?
The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale is based on six basic criteria, where all items are scored on the following scale: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often.
If you answered “often” or “very often” on at least four of the six questions above, you may be addicted to Facebook.
The study, the first of its kind, was headed up by Dr. Cecilie Schou Andreassen at the University of Bergen. Andreassen’s study showed that the symptoms of Facebook addiction are similar to other addictions, such as alcohol and drugs.
Why do some people develop Facebook addiction while others don’t? As with other addictions, there could be a hereditary or biological component, but there are also other indicators. Andreassen found that Facebook addicts were more likely to be young females who are anxious, introverted and socially insecure. Ambitious and organized people were not at risk as much, according to Andreassen.
Do you show any signs of being addicted to Facebook? Would you consider de-activating your account?
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