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Are You Addicted to Facebook?

Are you a Facebook addict?  Read Elizabeth Cohen’s Five Clues That You Are Addicted to Facebook to find out.   Here is a short excerpt and 4 question test to find out your level of Facebook dependency.  Take a moment and WATCH NEWS STORY.  

You know you’re a Facebook addict when …

1. You lose sleep over Facebook

“If you’re staying up late at night because you’re on Facebook, and you’re tired the next day, Facebook may be a compulsion for you,” Lipari said. “You shouldn’t be neglecting yourself because of Facebook.”

2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook

Pile says it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much is too much time to be spending on social networking. “I can’t imagine that anyone would need more than an hour a day on Facebook, and probably no one needs more than 30 minutes,” she said.

3. You become obsessed with old loves

Reconnecting with old friends is one of the great attractions of Facebook, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with “friending” an old boyfriend or girlfriend. But Pile warns that it can get out of hand very quickly.

4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook

“If you’re not doing your job in order to sneak time on Facebook, you could have a real problem,” Lipari said.

5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in a cold sweat.

Sarah Browne, who writes the Guru of New blog, gave up Facebook for Lent last month when she realized that she had a “mild” addiction to the site. She’s come up with “Seven Signs You May Be Ready for a Social Media Detox.” Pile has her own quick test: “Try going a day without Facebook. If you find it causes you a lot of stress and anxiety, you really need to get some help.”


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