This Simple Test Can Tell If You're A Facebook Addict

Cold sweats. Shortness of breath. Inability to concentrate. You've got withdrawal symptoms, and you've got them bad. There's only one thing that can help, and that's a long, hard hit of the blue stuff: sweet, nourishing Facebook. That's right, researchers have determined that it's possible to be legitimately addicted to the social network. Here's how to find out if you've got the itch.

The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale has been put together by leading psychologists who study addiction. It's based on six basic criteria, and each one is scored on the following scale: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often and (5) Very often. To test yourself, simply read through the following list, ascribing that five-point scale to each statement:

  • You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.
  • You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
  • You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
  • You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
  • You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
  • You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.

If you score "often" or "always" on at least four of the six items, in the eyes of world-leading psychologists you are addicted to Facebook. Don't worry: admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery. [Psychological Reports via Science Daily]

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    I scored a total of six points - what's wrong with me?
    Correct, no bookface account.....

      Join the club man. Got sick of all the whinging and drama.

      Oh shut up already! Do you feel special? You don't use Facebook, congratulations! Meanwhile, those of us who see it as just an extension of our social lives, much in the way that mobile phones once were, will continue to use this valuable tool. Perhaps, it isn't marketed at 30/40 something's with limited to no social life and human interaction, but younger people, such as myself, who use it for a wide variety of things. You don't have to use it, and you don't have to like it, but neither do you have to tell EVERYONE that you feel this way. Sorry if this has come off as rude, but FB complainers are worse than Apple fanboys/haters, and seemingly more common.

        wow... you just said everything iv ever thought.... amazing. +1

        "Sorry if this has come off as rude, but..." is exactly the same as saying "I don't mean to be racist, but..." or in the words of Kanye West "Imma let you finish, but..."

        I fail to see where the people you're replying to had stated they're "30/40 somethings with limited to no social life and human interaction". Perhaps you should take a closer look at the impact social networking has had on humanity as a whole before making baseless arrogant remarks. Maybe they, like other socially ept people use a telephone and then go and see people face-to-face for some real life social interaction instead of sitting behind an electronic device and clicking "like" on the photo of their acquaintance's dinner plate from the night before, or of the status of a whining attention-seeker saying "Like this to save someone's life". Yeah right. You're clearly at the highest echelons of social interaction, aren't you? Oh and just for clarity, I'm in my mid-20's with a very healthy REAL social life and do not use online social networking.

        x2, the "I'm too cool for facebook" crowd are hillarious.

        I'll stick to keeping a list of friends I'm actually friends with, frequently culling my list, and blocking all applications. Do this and it's a fantastic extension of your social life.

        I think it would of been exactly the same when everyone got a home telephone. You'd have some people who frantically sat near the phone waiting for calls, they couldn't handle missing something. You'd then have normal people who used it as it was available to enhance their social interactions. Then you'd have the stubborn social retards who refused to use the phone, and would whinge about this new "phone" business to everyone who'd listen.

        If Facebook is really that valuable a tool in your upkeep of a busy social life, then how many of those "friendships" are really worth a damn? If those friendships would wither and die without Facebook, if it's been more than a week or two without a human interaction with any of those friends, then you're kidding yourself. You're using Facebook to maintain the facade of a busy social life when it's not true.
        People can have a completely healthy social life without "liking" a picture of food posted by some girl you went to school with 6 years ago and haven't seen since.

        ROFL, you can succeed in facebook, but fail at life

        Ha! While you're dicking about with your imaginary friends and unlimited social life on Arsebook, I'll be down the pub with my mates, talking to real people.

    In other words, a cut-and-paste from every other "have you got an addiction" article. Substitute the word "Facebook" for p0rn, alcohol, morris dancing, etc etc.

    Because FB hijacks the dopaminerfic pathways, just like cocaine, nicotine , heroin, alcohol and (in a very different way) gambling!
    Except that it doesn't, and this article is bullshit.

      We have someone in denial.. :P
      jk Ostrich :)

      Um, actually it does... the gratification of social interaction has similar effects to your dopamine levels as the rush of purchasing something (shopaholics who rack up debt) or gambling...
      its not a physical addiction like heroin... but it a psychological addiction...

    Wasn't even thinking about FB until I read this article.
    Damn - Better go update my status now.

    Now we have scientific proof that modesty is indeed a learned affectation.

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