In 2011, I found myself addicted to Facebook, now a recovered Facebook addict by embarking on the journey of 100 Days without Facebook.
Researchers have determined what I decided a year ago was possible. To be legitimately addicted to the social network Facebook.
The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale was 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, you are addicted to Facebook. Don’t worry: admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery, or read 3 Ways to get over Social Addiction for some tips.