“I am addicted to Facebook” is something that you have probably heard someone say – perhaps even while on Facebook.
Although Facebook Addiction is definitely not a formal clinical diagnosis, it is fair to say that many people spend far too much time on Facebook and may at the very least describe themselves as being “obsessed”, if not addicted.
How do you know if you are addicted to Facebook?
What are the symptoms and signs of Facebook Addiction?
Use The Facebook Addiction Test below to assess whether you are spending too much time on Facebook and whether you would benefit from changing some of your online habits.
Note that the questions in The Facebook Addiction Test and the symptoms described should only be used as a rough assessment of your Facebook habits, and not as a formal diagnosis.If the 30 items above, how many did you answer as “True”?
While there is no set number that indicates “Facebook Addiction”, obviously the more often you agreed with the above signs of overuse, the more likely it is that your Facebook habits are excessive or unhealthy.
0 – 5:
You are most likely a light user of Facebook – you can take it or leave it and it probably does not cause any significant problems in your life.
6 – 10:
Facebook is a part of your daily routine. At times you may spend too much time with it and may regret long Facebook sessions after you finally log off.
11 – 20:
Your use of Facebook may be unhealthy or obsessive. Too much time on Facebook may be causing or contributing to “real life” problems and you may use it to avoid other important responsibilities.
21 – 30:
Your life revolves around Facebook. You would find it very difficult to go more than a day or two without checking your account. Your relationships and your school or work performance are probably suffering due to excessive Facebook use. You would greatly benefit from learning why Facebook is addictive, reducing your Facebook time, and learning about tips and advice for Facebook Addiction.