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Can you be Addicted to Facebook?

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:54 AM

Can a person become addicted to Facebook? Norwegian researchers not only say the answer is “yes,” but they have devised a new tool to diagnose and measure a user’s addiction to the social media Website.
The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale – developed by psychologists from the University of Bergen – can help users and health-care clinicians determine if a user is merely a social media enthusiast or displays the hallmarks of a true addiction.
Researchers, writing in the journal Psychological Reports, said the measure is based on six “warning signs”:
• You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.
• You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
• You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
• You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
• You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
• You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job or studies.
Facebook users who say they agree with at least four of the above statements "often" or "always" may be addicted to Facebook, said researchers who studied 423 students to reach their conclusions.
“The use of Facebook has increased rapidly,” said Cecilie Schou Andreassen, who helped lead the study. “We are dealing with a subdivision of Internet addiction connected to social media.”
Andreassen said the study found Facebook addiction occurs more regularly among younger than older users and is also more common in women than men.
“We have also found that people who are anxious and socially insecure use Facebook more than those with lower scores on those traits, probably because those who are anxious find it easier to communicate via social media than face-to-face,” she said.

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