Each year there are students who will fail out of school, not because they lack the capacity, but because they spend too much time on Facebook. So, let me provide you with a simple tool for assessment that I found, yes ironically, on Facebook. (Aren't you glad it isn't called "The Facebook") Interesting enough, there is a simple test you can take to see if you are addicted, slightly addicted, or a person who can stop whenever you want.
How do you know if you're already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? The Facebook Addiction Test (FAT) is the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Facebook. FAT is a 20-item questionnaire that measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Facebook Addiction.
Why is Facebook so Appealing???
1. Facebook Gives A Sense Of Self-Worth
Facebook allows users to talk and share as much as they like about themselves without fear of being labelled as self-obsessed. After all, self- explanation is the purpose of the website and updates aren’t being directed at anyone in particular. Nobody feels obliged to acknowledge what they read so each message received by a friend makes users feel important, interesting and appreciated. Every notification is a small buzz of self-esteem.
2. Facebook Stalking
Many like to know a little too much and Facebook allows users to pry into the lives of others without the fear of being branded a nosey parker. The ability to view photos and spy on others conversations without them ever knowing is what makes Facebook such a thrill for so many of its users. The term for such behavior has been defined as ‘Facebook stalking.’ Furthermore, many people are either too busy or too shy and conserved to phone up old friends just to see how they are getting on. The same can be said for developing new friendships which can prove awkward and time-consuming. Facebook allows us to do both with greater ease.
3. The Facebook Community
Facebook has developed to the point where most 18-30’s from developed countries would struggle to find a peer who hasn’t signed up. Because of its sheer popularity it is now possible to arrange parties, meetings or get-togethers solely through the website. Many Facebook addicts feel that that could be missing out if they don’t check their profiles as often as they do.
4. Facebook on Mobile Phones
Facebook is an instant cure for loneliness and with the recent introduction of a mobile version of the website, it is easier than ever to instantly network with others. Almost one fifth of users are now accessing the site through their mobile phones and official statistics suggests that users become on average 50% more active once they do so.
Why do you use Facebook? Researchers suggest that if you remember why you joined the site and stick to that purpose, you will be less likely to become an addict. So, make sure to answer the question.
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