Psychologists from the University of Bergen in Norway studied 423 students for signs of addictive behaviour in the way they used and felt about Facebook. The results indicated that some participants exhibited clear signs of "Facebook addiction" similar to those exhibited by people addicted to drugs, alcohol and other chemical substances.
The Doc and her Norwegian team also found that people who are more organized and ambitious (like yours truly) tend not to become addicted to Facebook, and are more likely to use social media as an integral part of work and networking activity. Here's an article that helps to break it all down.
Folks, it is just a matter of time before Facebook crashes and burns. What will replace it? Whatever "it" is could already be here, we're just not aware of it yet.
I can tell you what it WON'T be...
It WON'T BE whatever you see in the headlines or on TV or on some jerky guru's blog being touted as "the next facebook." That descriptor is a sure-fire "kiss of death."
Test Yourself For Symptoms of "Facebook Addiction: :::
Answer the each of the six statements below according to the following scale: 1 = Very rarely; 2 = Rarely; 3 = Sometimes; 4 = Often and 5 = Very often.
- You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook/Twitter or plan your use of Facebook/Twitter.
- You feel an urge to use Facebook or Twitter more and more.
- You use Facebook or Twitter in order to forget about personal problems.
- You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook or Twitter without success.
- You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook or Twitter.
- You use Facebook or Twitter so much that it has had a negative impact on your job or studies.
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