Facebook Addiction

Facebook AddictionMany of the applications on offer of the Internet, especially social media and sharing platforms like Facebook, can be highly addictive to their users who see them as a more controllable version of real life. Addiction to a platform like Facebook can start as innocuously as signing up for a trial account, but addicts can see their lives spiral out of control as their online fix becomes the single most controlling influence in their lives.

Facebook is an enormously successful social media platform that lets people post and share details of their lives with friends and families as well as share photos, play games and chat online. Many people will sit alone in their rooms for many hours at a time when using Facebook, leaving rarely - if at all - to eat, drink or take care of other bodily functions. Sleep deprivation is common.

Symptoms of Facebook Addiction

If you are concerned about the behaviour of someone you care about who may be suffering from an addiction to Facebook?

  • Do they seem happy or content while using Facebook but become angry or upset if they have to stop?
  • Are they constantly talking about or distracted by Facebook even during other things like work or family time?
  • Do they seem to spend every free moment they have going online and using Facebook?
  • If you ask what they have been doing recently do they change the subject or try to "laugh off" their time spend using Facebook?
  • Have you ever seen them getting up or still using Facebook at odd hours of the day, even in the middle of the night?

Facebook's social sharing aspect lets people filter their screen to see only what interests them, giving it a sense of being a more controllable form of real life which is highly tempting for some people. While it is possible for people to enjoy using Facebook without developing an addiction there is a significant risk amongst those who spend many hours online. Although Facebook is free to use, addiction to it can destroy a person's work and family life by consuming enormous volumes of their time and cause them to neglect more important aspects of their everyday life, even up to such basic necessities as eating and bathing.

Facebook Addiction

If you or someone you care about is having trouble breaking out of an addictive pattern when using the Internet and an application that you used to control but which now seem to control you, call our free advice line today on 08000 886 686 in complete confidence to see how we can help you get back on track.

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