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Social Media Addiction Disorder – [INFOGRAPHIC]

In 2012 researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway developed and published a Facebook Addiction Scale to measure the addiction to social media based on the six core elements of addiction (salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict, and relapse). The scale is based on six criteria:

  • 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.
  • (The Huffington Post)

Check out the study here.

If you just want to get an idea of it without going into detail: Spotlight Communications, a US marketing company, recently published a brief infographic about social media addiction disorder that provides a rough overview of the topic.

via [New Infographic] Are You Addicted to Social Media?


2 comments on “Social Media Addiction Disorder – [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. susana (@SusanaPablo)
    May 27, 2013

    I was thinking about social media addiction just a few days ago. I was curious to know who is monitoring it; if anyone and how people are being counseled to overcome this obstacle. It really impedes healthy communication and obviously can detract from one’s productivity,

    I feel like social workers have to become cognizant and web savvy in order to understand some of these emerging trends. We have be ready to effectively help people improve their circumstance and well-being – holistically. Technology is powerful resource and it’s reshaping how people lives their lives. Social workers have to stay up-to-date, far-thinking, open-minded and be prepared to address these issues.

    I’m ready to delve deeper especially as it pertains to youth Gen Y/Generation Next.

    Thank you for shedding light on this dynamic topic.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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