Are You a Facebook-aholic? Take This Quiz to Find Out

It's boring, it invades our privacy, it makes us mad at our opposing-political-viewpoint friends and family, it's just so LAME ... it seems like there a thousand reasons for why we should all quit Facebook, and yet we never do. We say it's because we don't want to lose touch with friends or whatever, but maybe the real reason is that we're addicted. Like no-fooling, serious-withdrawals, shivering-over-a-crack-pipe-style addicted.

A recent study revealed that talking about ourselves, like when we post a status update, lights up the same parts of our brain that derive enjoyment from food, money, or sex. That's right, using Facebook is exactly like getting paid to have sex ... with a donut.

Frostitution aside, there's a simple way to figure out if your pleasure-seeking brain has become too hooked on Facebook. Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway have developed the first "Facebook Addiction Scale" to determine whether or not you're addicted to social media.

In the interest of professional journalism, I decided to take the test and share my results with you. First, I had to evaluate the following six warning signs and assign a number scale to each sign: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often.

Okay, here goes ...

You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.

Hmmmm. Well, I'm technically thinking about it right now OH GOD DOES THIS MEAN I NEED REHAB wait I'm only thinking about it because I'm writing this article. Whew. I'm going to say 1) Very rarely.

You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.

This makes Facebook sound like a bladder infection, but again, I'm going to say 1) Very rarely.

You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.

Ha! If anything, I use Facebook to complain about personal problems. 1) Very rarely.

You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.

Well, until I figured out how to hide certain statuses, I did find myself wondering why I was repeatedly wasting my time reading notifications about someone's FarmVille progress, so I guess I'll say 2) Rarely.

You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.

Yeah like when you're on a plane and they make you turn off your electronics and it's like HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE EATING FOR LUNCH OR LISTENING TO ON SPOTIFY ARRRGH HULK SMASH. I'm kidding. 1) Very rarely.

You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.

If we can define my "studies" as my "appreciation for amusing cat videos," then I'd actually say Facebook has helped GREATLY in that regard! 1) Very rarely.

According to the Facebook Addiction Scale, if you score 4's or 5's on at least four items, you may very well be addicted. Luckily, it seems I'm doing just fine in keeping my raging Facebook dependency in check, which is a relief, because the research doesn't offer any advice on what to do if you ARE addicted. I guess all you can do is post it to your Timeline.

Where do you land on the Facebook Addiction Scale? (No cheating!)


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Boobo... Boobookittt74

I don't even need to take a quiz to know I'm addicted to Facebook. Hahaha I'm way busy all the time I dont ever seem to have time to call people or keep up with everyone in "the real world" besides hubby and kids so if I don't get on Facebook for a day I'm like damn whats goin on with everyone?

Misty Deffendoll

You know how else to find out if you're a Facebook-aholic? If someone tells you that you can take a quiz to find out if you're a Facebook-aholic and you even consider taking it to see if you are, you most definitely are! smile

nonmember avatar CrystalMP

I don't think mine is an addiction so much as its just a habit. I don't post except for the occasional picture of my kids so that their grandmas can take them for themselves and I don't really read and absorb the statuses I just kinda graze over them and then move on to reading the news. It's more about being bored so often I guess

Tracey Plummer

Ha! Love the post! I'm not an addict, but I do love Facebook. Of course, I don't have 500 friends on it, either. Just family that is spread across the country and a few close friends. I don't want the world to know what is going on with my family....just the people I care about and trust. Life is so busy, it's the best way to keep up with what is going on in their lives.

Kediset Kediset

first 4 are 1, and 3 for 2nd last, still trying to figure out where I fit on the last one... 2-3 maybe

nonmember avatar Tiffany

frostitution...hehehe!

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