Are you addicted to Facebook?
Do you worry if your last photo upload wasn't Liked? You might have a problem.
Don't lie. You are probably thinking of checking your Facebook right now. Heck, I just looked at it right before I started writing this. Sometimes, however, the passive act of scrolling through your News Feed or flipping through someone else's photos can take a surprising toll on your mind and body.
Photo sharing triggers eating disorders?
According to research published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, young women who spend hours going through photos on Facebook are likelier to have body image problems that could lead to eating disorders, the Daily Mail reports. It appears that the more time they spend looking at the images, the more they think they are too fat or are the wrong body shape.
We are lonelier than ever
It's as addictive as tobacco and alcohol
The Telegraph reports on a University of Chicago Booth School of Business survey in which 250 people said that the urge to check social networks and work were the hardest to resist. "In contrast alcohol and tobacco prompted much lower levels of desire despite their reputation for being addictive."
Six questions you can ask to see if you're addicted to Facebook
You can take the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale to see if you are addicted to Facebook. Give a score to the following 5 responses: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often:
-You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planning how to use it.
-You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
-You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
-You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
-You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
-You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.
If you marked "often" or "very often" on at least four of the six items you may be addicted to Facebook and may want to leave it alone for awhile.
Are you worried that you may be addicted to Facebook?