The findings from the first study on Facebook addiction

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Do you know someone who has been plugged into Facebook for more than 24 hours straight? Or can’t resist continually checking in, even if he is in a meeting or at the birth of his child? Facebook addiction is real and getting more attention as cases of personal neglect start to surface. It is being labeled as a subdivision of Internet addiction connected to social media.

Dr. Cecilie Schou Andreassen has lead the first research into the specific Facebook phenomenon at the University of Bergen. She has developed clear views as to why some people develop a dependency.

Younger users are more dependent

It occurs more often with younger users, especially those who are anxious and socially insecure who find it easier to communicate from a distance. Women are also at a higher risk for addiction probably due to the social nature of the platform.

People who are organized and more ambitious use Facebook less and are less addicted. They tend to use it as a tool for work and networking.

She also came up with six warning signs:

  1. You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planning to use Facebook;
  2. you feel an urge to check Facebook and the urge seems to be increasing;
  3. you use Facebook as a way to escape personal problems;
  4. you have tried to stop using it but can’t;
  5. you are anxious if you cannot check-in on Facebook, and
  6. you check on it enough that it is having a negative impact on work and family.

Source: The University of Bergen, MedicalNewsToday

 
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