Facebook Addiction Disorder

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The most common form of Internet Addiction Disorder is Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD). Addiction is not just limited to drugs or sex anymore. With increased access to the internet and social networking sites thanks to new technically such as cellphones and WIFI internet, the need to constantly be on site such as Facebook increases tremendously. Not only is there an increase in internet usages, there is also an increase in the chance to develop an addiction to Facebook or other social networking sites.

There are certain things that will let you know you are addicted to Facebook. Usually you won’t be considered addicted unless you have between two to three of these warning signs. “If you’re staying up late at night because you’re on Facebook, and you’re tired the next day, Facebook may be a compulsion for you. You shouldn’t be neglecting yourself because of Facebook,” says Joanna Lipari, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. According to Lipari, losing sleep over your Facebook usage is a big warning sign you may be already ready addicted or heading in that direction. (Cohen, 2009)

A second sign of FAD is having withdrawal symptoms. “These become obvious when one is restricted from using Facebook because they have to participate in normal everyday activities. Common signs are anxiety, distress and the need to talk about Facebook and what might have been posted on their wall in their absence,” says Amy Summers. Withdrawal from FAD can be just as serious as if withdrawing from drugs. It becomes a psychological disorder and you literally get addicted to Facebook both mentally and physically. (Summers, 2011)

Another big warning sign of FAD is tolerance. According to Idris Mootee, “This refers to the need for increasing amounts of time on Facebook to achieve satisfaction and/or significantly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of time.” This also refers to number of times a day you check your page or how often...
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