Thursday, June 07, 2012

Getting my fix


Suddenly my love/hate relationship with Facebook and my compulsion to check it multiple times a day is making more sense ....

A researcher suggests there exists such a thing as Facebook addiction.

Questions to ask yourself to discover whether you're addicted, too:

How often in the last year have you ....

  • spent a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planned use of Facebook?
  • used Facebook in order to forget about personal problems?
  • felt an urge to use Facebook more and more?
  • become restless or troubled if you have been prohibited from using Facebook?
  • used Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies?
  • tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success?
I do believe I'm hooked.

3 comments:

  1. I've been obsessing about Facebook too. I actually feel like it gives me something to do during down-time, and keeps me up-to-date on what others are doing, reading, etc including current events.

    So far, I've opened my network to people who I've met that I may want to stay connected with for whatever reason (social connection, business/friendly connection, musicians, etc). But, I know everyone personally.

    I'm am always serverly disappointed with what my "friends" do, think, and are eager to show on Facebook. For example, this election season has been really interesting. . . Not just people with opinions, but actual crazy people who believe things that just aren't true. Next, I have friends who I know for a fact are living an alternate life on Facebook. Finally, I've seen a few posts that make me want to shake the shit out of people, or warn them that FB is NOT private, like these gems:

    "Does anyone know someone in Canada who would help me bring my friend here from Cuba?"

    "Is it cheaper to hire a divorce lawyer or a lawyer for first-degree murder?"

    Are we one of them? I saw a bumpersticker recently that said, "You are not what you own." It should be, "You are not what you are on Facebook?" Or are we?

    Scary.

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  2. I worry about my sister and Facebook. She talks about her FB "friends" more than people she sees every day. Weird.

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  3. This post is the most positive press Facebook has received in quite some time.

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