Are your kids addicts?

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Whilst the global drive to use technology in the classroom accelerates, parents everywhere worry about the amount of time teens spend online. Now teams of scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University of Bergen in Norway have devised six criteria to determine whether someone is dangerously addicted to Facebook.

The tests, published in Psychological Reports Journal, are based on ‘core addiction elements’ the scientists say can also be found in those addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling. The six criteria are:

  • You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planning the 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 study, which also produced the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, also found that Facebook addiction was more prevalent in socially insecure younger women.

Category: Autumn 2013, e-Education

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