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Addicted to Facebook?






This is an article I found in Yahoo! Philippines News

Facebook users beware. Psychologists are now probing a new kind of addiction called Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD).


Psychologist Dr. Michael Fenichel, who has published numerous writings on FAD online, describes it as a situation in which Facebook usage "overtakes" daily activities like waking up, getting dressed, using the telephone, or checking e-mail.



"The amazing thing is that, like cellphones, nobody seems to notice the vast amount of time and energy - at work, at home, and now while on the move - people are devoting to Facebook. It has become a given," Fenichel writes in an online post titled "Facebook Addiction Disorder- A New Challenge?"


FAD could be classified under the more broad "internet addiction disorder" or internet overuse.


Academic papers have already posed theories on internet addiction and social networking addiction, and even less, cellphone addiction.


"Like most activities, moderation and integration are key. Those that may seriously label and treat FAD as a behavioral addiction will clearly need to use context in determining if a behavior has become demonstrably harmful to overall social, work, or face-to-face interpersonal efficacy," Fenichel added.


You are a Facebook addict if...


According to Joanna Lipari, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles who was interviewed for a CNN report, here are some signs that you are addicted to Facebook:


1. You lose sleep over Facebook. When using Facebook becomes a compulsion and you spend entire nights logged on to the site, causing you to become tired the next day.


2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook. Lipari said it is difficult to define how much is too much when it comes to Facebook usage, but that an average person need only spend half an hour on the site.


3. You become obsessed with old loves or exes you reconnect with on Facebook.


4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook. This means you do not do your job in order to sneak time on Facebook.


5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in cold sweat. If you try going a day without Facebook and it causes you stress and anxiety, this means you need help.


My thoughts regarding this article,

Well, If I were to answer this question, I will admit that I myself is a facebook addict. It's not actually facebook that I'm addicted to but the applications within facebook.

As said above, moderation is the key. Don't let facebook become your life. Ask yourself "Why am I addicted to facebook?" and when you finally answered that question, you will figure out how to manage it.

Also in my opinion, it's okay to use facebook up to 10 hours a day during vacations or sembreaks. And as long as it doesn't affect your work, studies, you still eat 3-5 times a day, takes a bath daily, sleeps 8 hours a day, has a good communication with people, and you still take breaks then it's okay.










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