We’re all guilty of checking our phones and especially social media sites frequently. Some users tend to be a little more obsessed than others and then you also get the extreme users. Facebook addiction or tech addiction in general has become a serious problem for some people, with people even opting to take digital detox holidays so that they can unplug, disconnect and unwind.
Stop Procrastination, a productivity website which conducts research and collects scientific data conducted a survey to see how dependent people have become on Facebook. 2 000 frequent Facebook users partook in the survey and it found that most of them worried that they might have a Facebook addiction by using the popular social media site regularly and compulsively.
56% of the 2 000 participants admitted to using Facebook compulsively. 68% of these participants felt that they can’t control their Facebook use, which basically means they are addicted. Some of the other signs that point to a Facebook addiction include 45% of participants admitting to leaving a social event to check Facebook and 36% said they have become agitated when they were prevented from visiting the social media site.
Participants also admitted to using Facebook at inappropriate and even dangerous occasions like:
- 72% when they should be working or studying (or basically everyone in the world);
- 14% at a funeral;
- 17% after sex;
- 12% at their own wedding;
- 17% during their friend’s wedding speeches;
- 22% after an operation in hospital;
- 26% in the sea;
- 56% on the toilet;
- 33% during a film in the cinema;
- 32% in the bath;
- 15% in the shower (wrapped in cling wrap?);
- 76% in bed when they should be asleep;
- 11% on their first date (probably only);
- 9% outside during a storm instead of taking cover;
- 11% while talking to their cat (haha what?);
- 16% while driving.
Director of Stop Procrastinating, Tim Rollins called Facebook “a wonder of the Internet age” and explains that:
It is no wonder then that some users may feel that their use of Facebook is compulsive. It reveals that Facebook is becoming an even more central part of our lives when we feel the need to use it during any social occasion as our survey shows.
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