Facebook: Are You Addicted?

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Facebook: Are You Addicted?

Facebook Addiction - How Addicted Are You?

Facebook Addiction Disorder

Facebook Addiction Disorder, according to an American psychologist,

is a condition that is defined by hours spent on Facebook, so much time in fact that the healthy balance of the individual’s life is affected.

Since its launch almost 16 years ago, and being the most downloaded mobile app of the decade from 2010 - 2019 globally, it’s not surprising that Facebook has 2.5 billion active users on a monthly basis! 

It’s more than likely that you’ve seen someone write a status on Facebook or even said it yourself that you’re coming off Facebook temporarily or having a break from it.

Then in a matter of a few days you’re back on there because you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms as such or fear that you are missing out.

 Let’s have a look at the top 10 reasons why people use Facebook:

1.To see what my friends are up to

2. Relieve boredom 

3. To look at my friends pictures

4. To procrastinate

5. To send individual messages to my friends

6. To let my friends know what I am up to 

7.To post my own pictures for friends to see 

8. To look at my friends funny videos or web links

9. To look at my friends postings of news stories

10. To find friends from my past

According to study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, spending time on Facebook can become addictive.

 Participants in the study reported that they felt ill when they were not able to regularly check up on their Facebook account. Have you ever felt like this?

According to the study, these users did not even realize that they were engaged in excessive use of the service, as it becomes an unconscious habit.

We all know how it is when you check your phone as soon as you wake up especially now with the “on this day” memories feature.

Then when you’re on your break or lunch or sit down with a cuppa, you can get stuck in the realm of Facebook scrolling and before you know it an hour or two have passed and you’ve not done anything productive with your day.

When you’re on the commute home- you check Facebook. When you’re in between cooking dinner- you check Facebook. When you’re watching the latest trending programme, you message your friends about it on Facebook. Before you go to sleep- you guessed it you’re on Facebook. 

Although Facebook is a great source of socialising with people, making new friends and being entertained it’s not without its disadvantages such as lack of productivity. 

A study conducted at Ohio State university indicated that Facebook users studied between one and five hours a week while non-users typically spent 11 hours or more studying.

Productivity can ultimately suffer due to time wasted on Facebook playing games, chatting to friends or browsing new photos.

Another study suggests that an average of 1.5 % of total office productivity is lost through employees accessing Facebook during working hours, with 2/3s of the participants in the study admitting that they access their Facebook accounts while at work. Is this you?

A further study showed that greater Facebook use led to a decline in wellbeing over time, although not in users who interacted directly with other users on the site.

So, if you find yourself experiencing any of these traits more than you like:-

  • Using it more than intended
  • Spending time on the site that used to be spent on other activities
  • Not finding it rewarding but continuing to engage in excessive use
  • Feeling social envy when using the site
  • Experiencing consequences in relationships as a result of Facebook use 

It may be time that you reduce the amount of hours you spend on Facebook OR failing that head over to our Facebook page “ How I am Feeling Funny” for the Best Entertainment! or, if you want more stories head over to HOW I AM FEELING FUNNY our homepage

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