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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Facebook Addiction, Is It Getting Out Of Hand

In the recent Alexa Top 500 Global Sites that was presented, it showed that Facebook is now the #2 website on the internet basing from the frequency of visitors per month. With an enormous 250 million registered users, it has already beaten some of the biggest companies such as Yahoo, Youtube, Windows Live that dominated the internet over the past years.

Facebook is now becoming not just a hobby but an addiction. Have you ever tried waking up in the morning nothing in your mind but to check on those who commented on your photo or perhaps your status message? Have you ever tried being online all day just to try some of the good applications? Or have you ever tried falling asleep while you are still online? These three simple questions might already lead you to the realization that maybe you are already getting addicted to Facebook. Others may not take this seriously but in the medical world, there is this newly found term to describe what is now becoming a trend, and it is called “Facebook Addiction Disorder”.
“The amazing thing is that, like cellphones, nobody seems to notice the vast amount of time and energy – at work, at home, and now while on the move – people are devoting to Facebook. It has become a given,” Fenichel writes in an online post titled “Facebook Addiction Disorder- A New Challenge?”  ~Psychologist Dr. Michael Fenichel

This addiction can bring a wide array of problems in the long run. This can aggravate the problem in fighting off obesity because people, especially the young ones have no other things to do anymore other than waking up in the morning, eat, use Facebook, then sleep again. Do you remember the news about a child who died because of playing Star craft for 72 straight hours? You can say that Facebook and Star craft are two different things, but don’t you think that the harmful effect of the radiation of your computers just bring the same harm to you? This can even weaken family ties because instead of spending time with your loved ones, you choose to sit all day looking at your Facebook account like there’s no more tomorrow.

I have a question for you: Is it that Facebook is really a disease or is it a sign of human failure? We have always have options to choose from. Try asking yourself, are you becoming addicted to Facebook? Share your thoughts about it.

God Bless You!

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