You know the person. Always on their phone and hardly able to engage in the world around them. Always checking social media and forgetting to live in the present.
What? You don’t know anyone like that? Or are you that person?
For some, being hooked on the smartphone and the social media apps on the phones, specifically Facebook, has become an addiction. Yes, according to several studies and websites, Facebook addiction is real.
Check out the website KongKiat‘s explanation of how to tell if Facebook addiction may be taking its toll on you:
“Given the accessibility and ease of use of Facebook whenever and wherever you are, it’s no wonder more and more people are addicted to the popular social networking site. You may ask, what’s wrong if you use Facebook frequently as a means of entertainment, or as a means to relieve your stress? Well, there’s nothing wrong. However, when Facebook activities start interfering with your everyday life and become detrimental to your daily functioning at work or in school, you might have a problem.”
You can click the link above to see their list of seven signs of Facebook addiction. Or you can click on over to About.com for their list.
According to About, one of the sure signs that you may have Facebook addiction is if you freak out over not being able to update your status all the time.
“You feel anxious, nervous or guilty if you don’t update your Facebook status at least three or four times a day.”
Maybe the easiest way to see if you are hooked, or at least spending too much time on the social media site, is to watch the video above from BuzzFeed.
The website lists seven facts that it says will make you want to delete Facebook forever.
The list via BuzzFeed:
1. Researchers in Norway have identified six warning signs for Facebook addiction.
2. According to a 2012 study, seeing your ex on Facebook restricts both personal growth and emotional recovery.
3. In 2011, one third of divorce papers in the U.S. and U.K. cited Facebook and its influence are on the rise.
4. According to research at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the more time users spend on Facebook, the more likely they are to feel unhappy with their own lives.
5. And passively scrolling through your newsfeed is proven to increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.
6. According to research at the University of Chicago, Facebook may be even more addictive than cigarettes!
7. The average Facebooker uses the site for 75 minutes every single day. That’s 450 hours a year.
So while you may not be addicted, you may want to give it up after reading the list or seeing the video above.
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