Are You Addicted to Social Networking Sites?
If you answered "yes" to between one and four questions then you are most likely not addicted to social networking sites. You probably use social networking sites to extend your relationships with family and friends but recognize that keeping up with these sites are less important than strengthening the relationships that exist outside of the Internet. You're likely very choosy about whom you are friends with on social networking sites and realize the dangers of allowing strangers to view your personal information. If you continue these patterns you should have no problems with becoming addicted to social networking sites.
If you answered "yes" to between five and eight questions then you may be addicted to social networking sites. For the next week try to write down every time you visit a social networking site and how long you spend on it. If you want to, also include information on what you did while you used the site. You might want to take note of any time someone else mentions your use of social networking sites as well. At the end of the week total your notes to determine how much of your life you really spend on social networking sites. You might be surprised by the results.
If you answered "yes" to nine or more questions then you are likely to be addicted to social networking sites. Your use of these sites is most likely getting in the way of your real life and you may even be using them as a substitute for getting out and making friends, or nurturing the friendships that you already have. Try to wean yourself off of social networking sites by spending less time on them each day, and more time on activities away from the computer. Join a club at school, take up a new hobby, study somewhere without Internet access or organize an activity for your family or friends. With so much going on in your life your enthusiasm for social networking sites will be no doubt soon fade on its own....
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