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Women likelier to be addicted to Facebook

Published Jul 03, 2012 10:19am


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ISLAMABAD: Researchers have developed a Facebook addiction test with a scale that Women likelier to be addicted to Facebook than men.

Psychologists from the University of Bergen in Norway have also designed a chart of symptoms signaling whether someone has an unhealthy devotion to social networking, The Guardian Reported.

They studied 423 students for signs of addictive behavior in the way they used and felt about Facebook.

They found that some participants showed clear signs of “Facebook addiction” similar to those exhibited by people addicted to drugs, alcohol and other chemical substances.

Younger people were more likely to become addicted to Facebook than older people and women were at greater risk than men, the researchers said.

People who suffered from anxiety or social insecurity were heavier users of the website, most likely because they found it easier to use the technology than to communicate with people in person, they added.

The study also found that extroverted people were more likely to be addicted to Facebook, while people who were well organized and ambitious were less at risk, using the website primarily for work or networking purposes.

The findings were measured using the “Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale”, a new list of six criteria for each of which a person is given a score from one (“very rarely”) to five (“very often”).

Categories include feeling an urge to use Facebook an increasing amount, trying and failing to limit your use of the website, and feeling unsettled if you are denied access to your account.

The study described that scoring “often” or “very often” on at least four of the criteria suggests you may be addicted to Facebook.


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Habib Hemani Jul 03, 2012 02:16pm
True, very true.
Cyrus Howell Jul 03, 2012 03:56pm
Oh. Really? Facebook is a fit - the third (updated) form of communication + (a) Telegraph (b) Telephone (c) Tell a woman
Syed Jul 03, 2012 09:40pm
True that, 95% females at my office have two screens, one for working and 2nd one has facebook page open all thru the day. They have no idea of addiction they have. FB is doing more damage than good. I see nothing good coming out of it. what will you achieve by sharing your privacy and everything to the world? That is how most of us had made FB owners billionaires. By going public they sold your privacy to become rich. Who is the loser in this deal then? think.
Marcin Jul 06, 2012 10:38am true that's live ;)