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Is anyone else addicted to Facebook?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by madetofly, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. madetofly

    madetofly Member

    Hey, I want to know from others that do anyone else is addicted to facebook because I spend almost all the time when I used to sit on my lappy and I spend all the time talking to my friends and some strangers.
    I want to know from others are they addicted to FB like me or not.
    Is my addiction good or bad for me?
    Thanks for your time.
  2. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    I think lots of people are addicted to Facebook. It's become a huge thing for many, many people. I think some people prefer to communicate with friends via Facebook over communicating in person. If you feel like it's taking up too much of your time, I suggest suspending your account for a while and see how that goes.
  3. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think in the past I over used social media. Now I try to be more productive with it. I make sure that I live in the real world more than online. Of course being this way allows me to contribute more to social media.
  4. Jani_pikki

    Jani_pikki Member

    A few months ago, yes!

    I constantly found myself on Facebook all the time. Even sitting in a conversation with my fiancé. The moment I've realized that it became such a big problem, I stared to make a point of it to try put my phone down when I'm in the presence of someone and by trying that, slowly it became better
  5. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    Not exactly facebook, but I did become addicted to an online turn-based game which really sapped my time and resources. And when I say "addicted", I really mean that. Once I'd recognized how damaging it was to my productivity, it was a real struggle to give it up.
  6. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    Everybody owning a facebook profile is addicted to it. Those who claim they are not are the ones who are the most addicted of all. They are in denial. The good thing is that this addiction can only steal your time and it cannot really hurt you. The bad thing is that it is not fading away as I thought it would. It is getting stronger even.
  7. CryingCanary

    CryingCanary Active Contributor

    I don't necessarily think that's true. There's a line between using something a lot and being addicted to something. Yeah, lots of people are addicted to Facebook but not everyone. If someone genuinely tells you they're not addicted, I don't think it's right to jump to any conclusions by saying they're in denial...
  8. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Nope I haven't been addicted to facebook. I check around maybe twice a day just on the trending news that happens and most of the time I am following on North Korea's dumb ideas of setting off missile tests and stuff.
  9. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I'm not. I like to be on Facebook, but it's definetly not my favorite social network. And as long as if this addiction is bad for you, I think that's a question that you should ask to yourself... I think that it is afecting other areas of your life, you should probably leave it for a while, or if you just need a change, you should try it, I guess.
  10. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    I believe that there many persons that are addicted to facebook. Some people practically live on this site, and they post almost every detail of their everyday lives on Facebook. Some people can't stay away from the interaction and the gossip that is prevalent on the site.
  11. sillylucy

    sillylucy Community Champion

    I know that my boyfriend is addicted to it for sure. He checks it as soon as he gets up, when he is bored and right before he goes to bed. If he wakes up in the middle of the night he might check his feed too. I don't get why he is addicted when his feed is boring.
  12. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I really understand what you mean but honestly I am just talking from experience so guess I didn't mention that little thing. People in my environment are like this and I also didn't say, and I thought that people could understand without me saying, that I was referring to those people who use facebook everyday for far too many hours, doing nothing specific in the process.
    If you find yourself logging in to you account first thing in the morning you are in a problem. I guess I did overreacted a bit but I thought that a little take-off on the subject would be a good start for a debate on this one and some healthy conversation.
  13. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    When I was younger and Facebook was still rising in popularity I loved it. I saw it as the future of social interaction and it seemed like an amazing prospect. With the introduction of pages to promote your business, fan clubs, groups, games and apps, Facebook is something you can spend hours per day on and unfortunately become addicted to. I personally refrained from becoming addicted by not involving myself in too much, these days I only visit Facebook for no more than 10 minutes per day. I guess closing your account is one measure you can take to stop your addiction if its getting bad. Knowing that there is plenty of other ways to communicate and spend your free time is a good step forward.
  14. Bozz

    Bozz Active Contributor

    It hooks us in by playing on our natural nosiness.
    We love to see what's going on in other people's lives, although it usually makes us feel down as we only see the good bits (obviously most people only post good things).
    It is easily addictive but once you snap out of it, you wonder why you were ever bothered by it.

    The real friends you have you're in direct contact with by other means.
  15. CryingCanary

    CryingCanary Active Contributor

    That's alright, if I knew you were talking from experience I wouldn't have replied.

    People in my 'environment' use Facebook a lot too - getting likes and comments has become a sort of priority here and I think that's why people here are addicted. They want more validation and 'attention'.
  16. Marsan

    Marsan Member

    Yup! Facebook and really any social media directly ties into our natural curiosity! People wonder what makes Facebook and Twitter so darn addictive, especially since you don't get a physical high off of it like you would a substance, but it plays to our natural tendencies instead.

    I used to check my Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, and Pintrest like, every hour or sometimes more. It wasn't like I expected there to be something new every time, but my mind always wondered if there was. "Oh, so and so probably was doing thing and thing, so maybe it's posted?" Yeah, and since it was mostly harmless, I didn't realize how much time I was sinking into social media until I got written up at a job for checking my phone too much. It's just easy. Too easy.
  17. Bozz

    Bozz Active Contributor

    It's like checking the fridge when you're hungry.
    10 minutes later you'll check it again even though you know nothing has changed.

    We do stupid things sometimes for stupid reasons in stupid ways :p How on earth we became the dominant species is beyond me :)
  18. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    When I first got on Facebook, I was on there all the time. I was addicted to playing games on there and would sit there for hours each day. Finally, I just had to say enough was enough and stopped playing them. I find that I get addicted to things in spurts, like having ADD while I switch between addictions. It can be frustrating switching things up but I cannot seem to help it.
  19. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    I would say that this topic can cover all of social media. It really can be addictive when everything is at the tip of your fingertips. Especially the need to keep of with what friends are doing.
  20. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Most addictions are bad, and Facebook addiction is not a exception. Because it drains all your time, you could be doing something useful instead of wasting endless hours over there. I know because I had that problem... I had spare time back then, but it was such a waste.