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Am I a Facebook addict? 10 signs of Facebook addiction

Facebook addict?

Facebook addiction is possible. As with any type of technology, compulsive use of social networks can affect your offline social life and have serious social, physical and psychological consequences. Following, we outline signs of Facebook addiction so that you might seek help, if needed.

Top 10 signs of Facebook addiction

1. Initial feelings of satisfaction or pleasure after a Facebook login session.

2. Staying logged into a Facebook session longer than planned (frequently associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic needs).

3. Giving up important social or occupational activities in order to spend time on Facebook.

4. Continued use of Facebook despite negative consequences related to Facebook use, including physical symptoms of fatigue, marital or social problems, and/or problems at work.

5. When Facebook is inaccessible, feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression are present.

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6. An increasing need to spend more time on Facebook to achieve the same initial effect of self-satisfcation (tolerance).

7. Spending a great deal of time on other Facebook-related activities, such as creating new ideas for updating your profile, reading or talking about Facebook and trying new software related to Facebook?

8. Attempts to cut down or stop engaging on Facebook tend to fail.

9. Steady or sharp increase in Facebook use. Usually noticeable by excessive login times on Facebook, including profile updates, commenting, uploading/downloading files, and browsing profiles.

10. A friend, family member or loved one comments on your Facebook use as “too much.”

What to do for compulsive Facebook use

If you think that you may have a problem with Facebook, there is no need to be ashamed. Technology addictions and IT related compulsive use is an emerging field in addiction research and treatment. At the moment, few experts agree on the diagnositc criteria for technology addictions, but we here at Addiction Blog believe that the nature of addiction is basically the same for everyone.

If you can’t stop looking online or checking and updating your Facebook page, ask for help first from your primary doctor. S/he may refer you to a known local specialist in behavioral addictions such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. Or, consider seeking help from someone like Dr. Beverly Young from netaddiction[dot]com, who researches and treats internet related use disorders. You might be able to arrange for videoconferencing help from your home as part of psychotherapy treatment.

In sum, although social network addiction treatment is in its infancy, the basic addiction cycle of pain —> Facebook —> withdrawal —-> pain drive compuslive use. Please leave your questions or comments below. We’ll be happy to answer and help!

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5 Responses to “Am I a Facebook addict? 10 signs of Facebook addiction
Gayane
4:24 pm September 18th, 2011

This is really something! Facebook is addicting so crazily that a few people are able to resist!

But now I know how to make use of facebook addiction! :)
Wanna know how?

Lisa
11:09 am October 9th, 2011

Hi,

I have inactivated my FB account. It’s exactly 9 days since I have not logged on. The first 4 days were like hell… and though there’s been ups-and-downs since then, it is also a great feeling to know I can survive without FB. :)

Sickofit
4:01 am March 15th, 2012

It’s not me, its my husband. He just can’t get enough of facebook and he can’t see that I have had it up to right about there. He gets mad if I say anything about it, he yells at his kids if they say anything about it and he blocks me from seeing who his friends are, but tells me he doesn’t know how to do that, so lying has become a big part of his real world. Definite addict and after all these 18 years, I am not sure that I am going to allow a social network to be the other woman per say. I am about to leave and say f*** it. Our quality of life has depleted since he has signed up for a facebook account. He spends all of his free time posting nonsense rants and talking to people he doesn’t know. Hello!!!! I am here..MY GOD!!!!

2:07 pm March 15th, 2012

Hi Sickofit. It sounds like Facebook has triggered a real problem in your household. As with any addiction, anger is a way to mask the fear that the addict will have to stop the behavior. I wonder if you are able to first present your husband with some facts (for example, the amount of time he spends online vs. with the family, the sneaky behavior, etc.) what would happen? Is he willing to see a psychologist or psychiatrist about it? Are you ready to leave if he doesn’t?

Andy
11:44 am October 5th, 2013

Facebook is not the problem, it’s the way we use it Go 4 Break was launched to cure this Facebook addiction disease. Facebook deactivation is not enough, some more deterrent is needed. Money can act as a good deterrent. This works really well for people who are wasting time on Facebook. Facebook is not bad if used in moderation.

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