Online Social networking is a type of virtual communication that allows people to connect with each other. This concept arises from basic need of human beings to stay together in groups forming a community. Michael Wesch, cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University, compared the tribal societies to online social networking.After drugs and alcohol addiction, if the world is facing any new type of addiction disorder, then that is Facebook addiction. This is a kind of Internet addiction, but social networking site influences such that people goes mad behind it. It‟s like people being immersed in virtual life and forgetting about the physical world around them. Alexandra V. Tobias, a mother from north Florida, killed her own child because the boy was crying that make her anger while she was playing FarmVille on Facebook. The shocking story was reported by the Florida TimesUnion in 2010. Salum Kombo, 18 yrs from London, was stabbed by his friend over an argument that started over Facebook. Salum wrote something stupid on his friend‟s wall and that provoked the boy to kill his best friend on the street (France, 2009).
A survey conducted among 1000 people across United States to find people‟s addiction to social networking sites, finds 56 percent users check Facebook at least once a day. And 29 percent can stay only few hours without checking their account. Study says people under 25 years are more likely to lose sleep keeping an eye on their friends‟ post. Interestingly, 17 percent would read a message on Facebook during sex and 63 percent while in the toilet ("People's addiction to," 2010).
Jerry, a man in his late thirties, ruined his family, job and life because of addiction to social networking sites. And he realized the pain when his wife tweeted to him “she wants divorce”. Now he is founder of the site Social Media Addicts Association (SMAA). That helps the people to share their stories of addiction to SNS and recover from it. When we...
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