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Fad Facebook Addiction Dissorder

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By a raise of hands, how many of you present have a Facebook account? Those of you that just raised your hands, how many of you are frequent returning visitors to this site? By this I mean how many of you check of log into your Facebook account more than three times a day? One final question, are you logged into your account for more than an hour a day? Out of all the questions I have asked, if you qualified for most or all of them, you may be suffering from a new trend of addiction related to the internet called FAD. FAD stands for Facebook Addiction Disorder. It is not a proven psychological disorder yet, but in due time for the most popular website after Google, it has to have an addiction of its own. More than 6 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide). This is twice the amount that is spent on Google. Not only that, but with our increased and steady rise in technology over the past twenty years, there are multiple ways of accessing this website outside of home. The majority of the population, (especially teenagers) have caught up with the latest buzz on the infamous Newsfeed Facebook has to offer through their cell phones. Those that use Facebook on their mobile devices are almost 50% more active than non-mobile users. Out of the 400 million users that Facebook has, half of them log on to Facebook every single day, (200 million users) and are constantly notified on the happenings of this website 24/7. Here are some numbers to weigh in the reality of this addiction: 48% of 18-34 year olds check their Facebook right when they wake up, and 28% of them check it on their I-Phone or Android smart phones before they even get out of their beds. They have gone as far as invented a new car from Chevrolet, which offers Cruze commercial that features Facebook news feed that will be read to you while driving as a selling point. The fact of the matter is, Facebook is everywhere, for those that have fallen into its reconnecting with friends and sharing what's on your mind spell, cannot possibly escape once they have been hooked, for the addiction is so spread out and popular that it is no wonder it will soon be diagnosed as a disorder. There are even rehab type clinics that offer cures for the Facebook Addiction Disorder, and internet addictions. There comes a time where one has to know and take accountability for themselves to realize that enough is enough. There are clinics for people that cannot control themselves with the internet. This means this fad must stop, not the disorder this time but the fad-the Facebook craze itself. The disorder is just a way of helping us come to our senses of how the addiction must cease to rule our lives. Let us be aware of the fact that there is such a thing as too much technology. How about we all turn off the computer and cell phones and just go outside for once? It is alright to participate in the social networking sites, but they are meant to give you a broader social life, not make you antisocial



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