5 signs of Facebook addiction. Check yourself

Social networks are a part of our life, but with lots of fun and advantages some danger came along. How to differenciate if you are just in touch with the friends or have to be concerned about time you give to social networks?

1. Facebook scrolling Is a symptom of procrastination.

Facebook capitalizes on your tendency to procrastinate by incorporating a news feed with an infinite scroll. No matter how far down you go, there will always be more memes and status updates to keep you distracted from whatever you should be doing. You made yourself some coffee and now it is ice cold? Well, spare poor coffee your rage: 3 hours have passed.


2. Facebook over-sharing is a symptom of loneliness or indecision.

Facebook resembles a boring reality TV show that is on full display during every hour of the day. Do you really need to tell everybody what you ate for lunch? Think twice. You don’t share such trivial details to add value to people’s lives. You might be doing it, because you’re lonely and desperate for approval.

 

3. Facebook creeping is a symptom of misplaced affection or unhealthy self-comparisons.

Facebook makes it easy to be a creeper. There are two primary causes of creeping and neither of them are pretty. If you’re creeping the profile of your ex, then you’re probably living in the past. If you’re browsing the profile of a crush, then you’d be better off actively pursuing them.  Creeping could also be a form of self-inflicted misery. It’s already hard to resist the human urge to compare ourselves to other people, and Facebook makes this convenient to do.

 

4. Obsessive checking of Facebook notifications is a symptom of impatience or people-pleasing.

The trigger here is your desire for instant gratification. Your brain receives a dopamine hit every time you see that red notification light up. Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that causes you to seek pleasure from things like food, sex, and drugs. Thus, becoming a slave to your notifications can destroy your self-control in a hurry. Every time you get a “Like”, your brain decides that means somebody likes you. WIth little time you might find yourself desperately craving  for another “hit.”

 

5. Obsessive refreshing of your Facebook feed is a symptom of a fear of missing out (a.k.a. FOMO).

Social networks wreck your focus by preying on your fear of missing out. You check your feed during a date, because you don’t want to miss any interesting updates. You check your messages while you drive, because a friend might have something exciting to share. Never mind that you might turn off your date or wreck your car and die. Hitting “refresh” again you make one more step into the virtual reality, while in fact the actual one might be in urgent need of your attention.

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