Has Facebook become an addiction

Strategies against Facebook addiction

After chatting addiction or obsession with online games, psychologists are now increasingly perceiving a dependency on social networks. Facebook, as the largest global online network, is said to have a high potential for addiction, especially among young people. In the fight against worsening grades or less real, social contacts, young people try to renounce log-in. Some teenagers told the New York Times their strategies against it.

Rapidly growing membership

With the growing number of users, it is difficult to escape networking on the web. The 350 million members spend ten billion minutes together on Facebook every day. In October 2008, according to market researcher Nielsen, only 28.3 percent of all 12 to 17-year-old Americans had a Facebook account, in 2009 it was 54.7 percent.

Addiction like any other

The compulsion to log into Facebook and read the latest reports from friends and acquaintances is like any other addiction, explains psychologist Kimberly Young from the newspaper's Conter for Internet Addication Recovery. She admires young people who develop their own strategies against addiction. But many would not succeed. According to the psychologist Sherry Turkle from the Initiative on Technology and Self at MIT, a real burnout can occur when young people try to do justice to their online identities.

Fight against compulsive login

The teenagers are quite resourceful at tricking themselves. Some young people would encourage each other in small groups not to use Facebook as often. For example, you would make a mutual promise to only log in on one day a month. If you get weak, you have to write something embarrassing about yourself to another person on the wall, say two 16- and 17-year-old students. Others would ask friends to change their password every few days.

The teenagers who manage to partially exit the portal would, among other things, report better grades. A pleasant side effect for a schoolgirl, for example, is that her parents check her less often. The psychologists are likely to face difficult work in the coming years, because for many people it has become almost impossible to completely disengage from the social world on the web. (red)