Facebook or Internet Addiction

Here are some interesting statistics regarding the largest social media network, Facebook. As of 2011, there are 800,000,000 active Facebook users. This translates into approximately 1 in every 13 people on earth; half of them are logged in on any given day. With 73% of American teens aged 12-17 years- old using Facebook, the majority of them are logging in at least once a day.

Social Times online published an article (Amy Summers, 2011) about a phenomenon called Facebook Addiction Disorder (F.A.D.) exclaiming, "Facebook is taking over the world. Everyone from eager-to-fit-in tweens to intrigued grandparents has caught the Facebook fever".

Any addiction occurs when the need for it preoccupies the mind, there is increasing amount of whatever it is needed in order to achieve satisfaction and it is extremely difficult to stop doing or using. Over involvement in one activity does not necessarily mean there is an addiction, but it is a signal more balance with this activity is required.

If you are worried that your children may be "addicted" to Facebook or to the Internet, here are some signs to look for:

  • Failed attempts to control Facebook or Internet logging in
  • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in the computer
  • Neglecting friends and family and other pleasurable activities
  • Avoiding sleep to stay online
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious as a result of online behavior
  • Has made repeatedly unsuccessful efforts to control or cut back use




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