Results from a study using the scale show that women are more likely to become addicted to Facebook than men.
Do you feel the urge to use Facebook more and more? Do you feel unsettled when you can’t access Facebook? Are you trying and failing to limit your use of the site? These are just some of the questions used to determine levels of Facebook addiction. Answering ‘often’ or ‘very often’ on at least four of the criteria points to a Facebook addiction.
The scale, developed by psychologists from the University of Bergen, was used to measure the Facebook habits of 423 students in Norway.
Results showed that Facebook addicts display symptoms similar to those associated with alcoholism and drug addiction. Younger people are more likely to become dependent on Facebook than older people and women are more likely to become addicted than men.
The study also identified personality types more likely to depend on Facebook. People who suffer from anxiety or social insecurities tended to use the site more because they found it easier to communicate virtually than face-to-face. Extroverted people were also more likely to use the site regularly, due to their need for steady social interaction. Ambitious, well-organised people were less likely to become addicted to Facebook and tended only to use the site for work and networking purposes.
The study has been published in the Psychological Reports Journal.
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