Savvy scientists have devised a simple test that can help users determine whether they’re addicted to Facebook.
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Published in the Psychological Reports journal, the test is based on the ‘six core elements of addiction’ – salience, mood modification, withdrawal, tolerance, conflict and relapse - the same method used to spot alcohol addiction.
Users are able to determine whether they’re hooked on the social network by rating each of the six questions (below) on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being the lowest and five the highest.
1. You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook
2. You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more
3. You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems
4. You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success
5. You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook
6. You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies
*Scored 4 or more on at least four of these questions? Then you could (apparently, although probably not) be addicted to Facebook.
The test was compiled in a study of 423 students from the University of Bergen, Norway, with the results suggesting younger users are more inclined to develop an addiction to the social network than older ones.
Women were found to be more at risk than men, while those suffering from anxiety are more dependent on the website, simply because they find it easier to communicate behind a monitor and not in person, the study concluded.
It adds to the findings of another survey – this time compiled using 1,000 students - by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which found that 85 per cent of those questioned used Facebook daily, while half admitted that Zuckerburg’s social network is the first website they visit when booting up their browser.
Source: Daily Mail