The Facebook Addiction Self-Test: Are You a Social Media Addict?
So, much has been said about this topic, probably because everyone’s aware they have at least a minor Facebook addiction. However, if you still don’t think you’re addicted compare yourself to the following signs of addiction, because chances are your in deeper than you think. Being addicted to Facebook is nothing to be ashamed of, or embarrassed about, nor is it terribly detrimental to your health like many other addictions out there. Instead, Facebook addiction is more like coffee addiction, and parallels the traits and cravings of caffeine addiction quite closely. So without further adieu, the top 5 signs you might be addicted your Facebook account.
1. Your Facebook checking matches or outpaces your coffee consumption.
Many millions of Americans are addicted to coffee and the stimulating caffeine it contains. It wakes our minds from a nights slumber, it gears us up for a big project at work, it refreshes us after lunch and it keeps us productive late into the night. 83% of Americans now consider themselves coffee drinkers according to Bloomberg News, and of that, each drinker on average consumes 3.1 cups per day.
So, this considered, if you find yourself needing to drink coffee to be a productive worker, and consume cups regularly for this reason and not just the enjoyment of the flavour alone, it can be safe to assume you may have a weak addiction to caffeine. Now, if you check your Facebook profile, or news feed equal or more times than this, well, you may have a Facebook addiction. A recent U.K study found smartphone users checked Facebook about 14 times per day on average, far exceeding average coffee addiction rates.
2. You Feel Empty or Secluded Without Access To Facebook
Have you ever stayed over at a friends house and had your cellphone die because you forgot your charger? Or perhaps you have gone on a camping trip in a region without signal coverage and thus your mobile devices are rendered useless? One of two things will happen when this occurs. Either you will A. not even notice because you are enjoying what you are actually doing so much or B. you will feel a nagging sense of detachment or have a sense that you are missing out on something. Feeling “A” is what you should feel, as real life interactions and observations, should, if you’re living right, always be more interesting than whats going on on Facebook. Enjoying what is around you and living in the moment are traits of a fulfilling lifestyle and one we should all aim for.
However, if you’re like most Americans, when detached from the internet and thus social media networks, you feel a physical sense of detachment, as if you’ve literally been removed from your social circles, outcast on a remote island with nothing do do while the online world keeps moving along at a mythical interesting pace. This feeling quickly dissipates when we are reunited with our social networks and after spending a good 30 minutes catching up on our newsfeeds realize that absolutely nothing happened while we were away. At this point we must reflect and remember the next time we are disconnected that what is happening now, in front of us, is undoubtedly more interesting than whatever is going on on Facebook.
3. You’re Facebook Profile is an Advertisement for Your Lifestyle
To complete a Facebook profile we need basic information, a couple pictures and a couple things we “like” to be displayed ot others to give them a sense of who we are and what we like. This helps create connections by pointing out what people have in common, and is perfectly natural. However, this can be taken to more extreme, narcissistic levels, in which case people are actively tyring to manipulate their online image in extreme ways in an effort to fill or compensate for self perceived inadequacies.
One classic example of this is the cliche picture many young men take of themselves shirtless and flexing in a mirror. The goal is to portray oneself as fit, sexy and appealing ot the opposite sex. Since actually meeting them, going to a beach or pool is difficult, they feel snapping a picture in the bathroom mirror after an intense gym session is the solution. Wrong.
This ultimately has the opposite effect of what it’s attempted purpose is. By taking a picture of yourself in your bathroom mirror you don’t look sexy, intriguing or interesting. Instead you look lonely, conceited and attention craving, three big turnoffs for all women. Don’t’ advertise yourself, simply be yourself. If you find yourself making a false image of your real identity stop and think why and to what purpose.
4. You’ve downloaded the Facebook Home homescreen for Android
This is pretty self explanatory. If you have chosen to set the single most used feature of your smartphone to constantly update with Facebook news you are a Facebook addict. You need help and should deactivate your facebook account asap in order to get to terms with reality. ground yourself, breathe deep and go smell some flowers, literally.
5. You Pre-Empt Addiction Intervention by Frequently Clearing Your Browser History
Anytime your doing something where you try to cover your tracks in effort to avoid others discovering your activities, it can be safe to assume you are doing something wrong. This sort of behavior online is most commonly associated with viewing adult images or videos, however can be applied to everything from playing games on a work computer to religiously checking Facebook newsfeeds or the profile of a an attractive member of the opposite or same sex.
If you’re Facebook use necessitates clearing history to hide anything, whether it frequency of log ins to the number of times any given profile was viewed, then you definitely have a severe case of addiction and should delete your entire Facebook account as a safety precaution. Smelling flowers isn’t enough to bring you back to reality. Instead, to break yourself free of such addictive mentality you will probably have to move out of your mothers basement and lose your virginity before you can fully appreciate the enjoyments of real life and leave Facebook behind.
There you have it it, the top 5 signs you are a Facebook addict. Did I miss any? Please share! Also, check out the confessional of a true Facebook addiction stories below..