Women are more likely to become unhealthily hooked to Facebook. This is according to a recent study by some Psychologists from University of Bergen in Norway who designed a chart of symptoms indicating whether someone has an addiction to social networking.
Exactly 423 respondents have been studied for signs of addictive behavior in the way they use and felt about social media, specifically, Facebook.
Results shows that some participants clearly showed signs of “Facebook addiction” which is alarmingly similar to those exhibited by people addicted to drugs, alcohol and other chemical substances.
Younger people were more likely to become dependant on Facebook than older people and among those people, women were found to have greater vulnerability to Facebook addiction than men, the researchers said.
The study also found out that people who suffer from anxiety, social insecurity and other psychological problems were heavier users of Facebook. This is most likely because they find it much better to be using the social channels to air out their sentiments rather than actually communicating with people in person, they added.
Extroverted people were also found to be more likely prone to Facebook addiction, while people who were well organised were less at risk as they use the website merely for work or networking purposes only.
A measure called “Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale”, was designed to find out one’s behavior towards using Facebook. A new list of six criteria for each of which a person is given a score in a scale of 1-5. 1 for “very rarely” and 5 for “very often”.
The categories include one’s urge to use Facebook in an increasing scale, trying and failing to abstain from using the website and feeling uneasy if one cannot access his/her account.
Scoring 4 or 5 on at least four of the given criteria indicates that one might be addicted to Facebook, according to the Psychological Reports journal.
Source: the telegraph uk
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