The best addiction ever : Facebook


I wake up in the morning (no, not feeling like P. Diddy =p) and turn on my computer. First thing I do is check Facebook. I go to class & when I come back I check Facebook again. The rest of my day is spent going back and forth from doing important things to checking Facebook. Ask me why, and I don't really know. Nothing extremely newsworthy has been going on. Some of my friends are hating their lives, others are madly in love, some are just bored. And I guess I'm bored too, which is why I'm on. I know that virtually everyone has a facebook; when someone doesn't my friends and I are often apalled. "He doesn't have a facebook?! What is wrong with him?!" my friend recently exclaimed when she couldn't find the boy she liked. Facebook can be great - it's a good way to keep in touch with people you don't see and to stay up to date on your friends. But did you know, that like alcohol, drugs, and can get addicted to it? This link can help diagnose the issue. Facebook Addiction Disorder (or FADS as it's called here) is becoming a huge issue. It's interfering with school work and it's getting people fired from their jobs.  So tell me...are you a facebook addict? Do you believe this is a problem, like an alcohol addiction or like a drug addiction, or do you think it's just a bunch of B.S.? While I hate to think of myself as actually being addicted to something, I definitely answered yes to one or more of the questions posed in the first link...uh oh!



I agree with you and the idea that Facebook is like alcohol and drugs in that it is addicting. The reason that Facebook is so addicting has to do with the fact that it provides constant stimulation, fills empty voids, and just gives us something to do. At one point I was addicted to Facebook, I constantly needed to get my "fix" and this distracted me from doing more important things. One question that I have always wondered is: does Facebook inhibit us from learning at the level of generations before us? I think that it is a very prevalent question because previous generations did not have Facebook to distract them from their work. Obviously there are other distractions but Facebook may be the biggest distraction in our day and age.

I completely think that someone can get addicted to facebook. According to addiction is defined as: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. I've heard people say that "they couldn't live without facebook" That is a pretty significant statement. Originally facebook was created for the college student in order to stay connected after graduating, it then moved to highschool and required you to be in atleast 9th grade to create one, and now anyone and everyone can create their own facebook page. I think facebook definitely poses a problem to society, especially for children and young adults because of how distracting it is.

This is an awesome post. I definitely think I am addicted to facebook. Although I definitely don't think it is as big of a problem as being addicted to alcohol or drugs I think it can definitely influence some people's lives and potentially harm their lives too (posting something that upsets others, companies not hiring them because of something found on facebook, etc...) Yet along with being addicted to facebook I think our generation in general is addicted to technology. I can't go anywhere without my cell phone. If i leave it in my room I feel anxious and rush back from class to see if anyone called or text me while I didn't have it.

This is an interesting article I found on the threat of being dubbed a technology addict and how to tell if you are one!

I agree with Chelsea in that, while I do believe Facebook can be time consuming and creates obsessions I don't think it is equivalent to an alcohol or drug addiction. It's not something illegal or something that could severely affect your health like drugs or alcohol can. What I found interesting is that the article repeatedly pointed out that Facebook distracts from being productive. While this is definitely true, this statement could be said about any technology, like in the article above, not just Facebook. I personally agree with the technology article more that the internet in general is more of an addiction than just Facebook. One of the reasons I don't own a blackberry or iPhone is because I know I would always be on it using the Internet and all the different features (including facebook mobile) all the time. I think the real problem and source of addiction is not the Facebook website but having access to it and the entire internet so easily and instantaneously at any moment.

Checking facebook just becomes a daily routine. I find myself logging on five minutes after i just checked. Nothing is even going on...
But i agree with chelsea, it's not like we are physically dependent. It's more like we all want to stay connected. We don't want to fall behind so it becomes almost mandatory to check and stay updated.
Do you think facebooking will ever end though? We spend so much time on our profiles, pictures, and statuses...i feel like it's holding us back, as would a real drug would do to a person.

I definitely think that one can be addicted to Facebook, or in the broader scheme of things, social-networking. Recently, my friend "gave up" Facebook; that in itself, the fact that it is something to be sacrificed, an integral part of day-to-day life, proves to me that the internet has provided us with addiction. Think even onto the whole concept of this class blog; we have instant access to news and can immediately inform our virtual classmates. That is the basis of Facebook as well.

My name is Suzanne Zakaria and I am a Facebook addict.

I am such a Facebook addict. I went through a point in my life for about six months when I deleted Facebook, but it actually made it harder to meet people. Because often you meet someone, add them on Facebook and then talk more after being Facebook friends. It actually hindered making more friends for me. But it does freak me out that Facebook profiles are now available for downloading. Check out this article.

I have noticed how "addicted" people have become to facebook. It is kind of strange. Its an addiction to a habit instead of a substance that works within your body. I personally do not have a facebook, so I don't really notice what I'm missing out on.

But then I think about how when people are trying to quit smoking, they miss the actions of it (something to do with their hands, smoking while drinking, etc.). Eventually while you are quitting the physical addiction goes away and then all you're left with is your own mental addiction, because it is something you are used to doing at certain times or during certain moods. So maybe facebook really can become a mental addiction, seems to be happening to some of my friends!

I would defintely say that facebook is a minor addict but NOT nearly as desructive and dangerous as drugs, sex, or alcohol. These things are issues that are actually killing us. STDS, overdoses, and alcohol poisoning. I'd rather take being on the computer for hours rather than dying from something. Although I do suggest to get outside more and go throw a ball; not virtually, but with your physical hands. With over 350,000,000 members, it IS sure easy to get hooked on the global phenomenon. Check out this video, , where a nurse named Maria Garcia spends about 56 hours a week on facebook! And if you ARE an addict, join one of the many addicted groups here . Sorry, i am basically egging you on to go on facebook. hahaha

I think the thing that most Facebook users/addicts have failed to realize is that Facebook is a tool, just like cell phones, computers, etc., are tools, and the end users get to decide what to do with it. Facebook provides a great service for keeping in touch with people, but there are lots of other ways to do that, so why get so attached to Facebook?

Maybe it's not as physiologically destructive as drugs, but I still believe it's causing people to miss out on important moments and experiences, because they're spending their time telling their FB "friends" what they had for lunch when they could be doing so many other things. Is everyone just feeding everyone else's "addiction" by posting minutiae on FB?

Yes, I use Facebook, but it doesn't use me.

Facebook is addicting and I can't really pinpoint why I am addicted to it and feel the need to have it up everytime I'm on the computer. There is never really anything important on there, I think it is because I'm bored all and want a distraction. It has become problematic though when I'm trying to do my schoolwork.

It is also weird how Facebook has become the basis of everyday conversation. I was just talking with my parents about how you can't watch TV without hearing about Facebook or Twitter Posts. I find it really annoying how much it dominants some of society. Why do we care so much about what people like or what they are doing every minute of every day? I say this, but yet I can't seem to get away from it.

OK, so a bunch of people have admitted they are Facebook addicts, and I'm wondering if classifying yourself as an "addict" allows you to access it anywhere, any time, etc.?

I'm wondering this because I've seen people in classes checking on their Facebook on their laptops, typing comments to photos, chatting with their friends, etc. Research shows that many of us think we're multi-tasking when we're really not, so unless we're doing really well in classes, I think class time should be for paying attention to the instructor (Andrew, in this case) and asking questions about stuff we don't get (and maybe, in some small way, starting to break the Facebook addiction!).

How can we complain about a class being hard if we're not willing to pay complete attention?!

I'm with everyone else on this one when it comes to being an addict and facebook not being as serious as drugs. I know it's a complete problem when I am in the middle of reading an article online for a class and just out of habit I hit command t on my keyboard and type in facebook. Or how about the my homepage on my search engine is Facebook, as well as my Blackberry.

We all have addictions but, in regards to Susan's most recent post, I don't think it's fair to assess that we aren't actually multi-tasking. While your article is completely fair and could be accurate, that is just one example. Why don't we think of doodling as an example. I know, personally, that I am a mad doodler. Seriously, when I'm on the phone, watching television, and obviously when I'm in class I make masterpieces.

According to this very reliable Time Article, "when you doodle, you don't daydream. Daydreaming may seem absentminded and pointless, but it actually demands a lot of the brain's processing power. You start daydreaming about a vacation, which leads you to think about potential destinations, how you would pay for the trip...These cognitions require what psychologists call "executive functioning"...doodling...requires very few executive resources but just enough cognitive effort to keep you from daydreaming...doodling forces your brain to expend just enough energy to stop it from daydreaming but not so much that you don't pay attention.

Maybe I'll write a blog on doodling and how it actually helps the brain aid our memory. But I do believe that when searching on facebook, you can be completely aware of your surroundings

I don't know if I will like to use the word addicted since it sounds so strong. I will rather call myself a very consistent facebook user. I do think most of us are way to attached to it and that it does definitely affect our responsibilities. It is funny how 2 to 3 hours of my time will go by in facebook and then I get this feeling of regret and say to myself " I would have read all the chapters I needed to read instead of being here, but I promise it will not happen again." But again, I fall for it. The most I have resisted myself to this website has been like a week and I felt I was living in a bubble where nothing goes on.

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