Facebook takes over the world, and that is no overstatement. Everyone from young teens to experienced businesspeople, to fascinating grandparents are doing it, and not surprisingly many teenagers are also suffering from Facebook over-excitement. And as with many of the latest attention-grabbing trends, some youngsters can go a little overboard when they engage. Maybe we will simply close down Facebook because everyone has an account and, as youngsters, the need to fit in is just too big or maybe there is just a special something that has benefited the social networking site lure in so many million people. Adolescents have a tendency to become obsessive with the “in” thing, and Facebook, the drift of the decade, is no exception; The subject is, have we exaggerated? And is there such a thing as a Facebook addiction?
According to an American psychologist, this might be the case. He has even launched a new name to describe such an addiction. FAD, or Facebook Addiction Disorder, is an ailment that is determined by hours consumed on Facebook, so considerable time in fact that the healthy balance of the individual’s life changes. It is asserted that about 350 million people are suffering from the disorder that is recognized through a simple set of six criteria. Individuals who are victims of the condition must have at least 2-3 of the following criteria during a 6-8 month period.
- Tolerance: This term is applied to represent the desperate behavior of a Facebook addict. They spend an increasing amount of time on the site, coming to a stage where they demand it to gain pleasure or on the other extreme, it has harmful effects on their character and personality. For the group members and supporters who think they are dealing with an addict, a sign to look out for is reoccurring Facebook windows revealed. Three or more proves that they are indeed hurting from this situation.
- Withdrawal symptoms: These become apparent when one is limited from using Facebook since they have to participate in regular activities. Simple symptoms are anxiety, worry and the need to speak about Facebook and whatever maybe have in their absence been posted on their wall.
- Modulation of natural social/recreational pursuits: Someone bearing FAD will decrease the time spent catching up with friends, playing a sport or whatever it is they used to enjoy doing, to only waste time on Facebook. Alternately of catching up with a friend for beverage, they will send a Facebook message. A dinner date will be replaced with a messenger chat. In severe cases, the person will even stop returning their parent’s phone calls, instead of requiring that they use Facebook to reach them.
- Virtual dates: It is evident that circumstances are extreme when real dates are replaced with virtual dates. Rather than going out to dinner or the movies, they instruct their partner to be online at a given moment.
- Bogus friends: If 8 out of 10 people presented on their Facebook page are complete strangers, it is indisputable: they have a severe problem with FAD.
- Complete addiction: If they meet new personalities, they state their name, followed by “I’ll talk with you on Facebook,” or not the least for those who are notably bad, “I’ll see you on Facebook.” Their pets have their Facebook pages, and each notification, wall post, inbox or friend request that they get give them a high, one which can be compared to that gambling junkies get from the poker or roulette table.
So, some think that dependence to the net is an authentic condition that demands to be managed just like any other addiction, with care and caution, but is a fixation with Facebook a real state, or is FAD truly just the latest fad?
Either way, Facebook delusions are undoubtedly present in today’s society and whether it is a dysfunction or not, something must be done to fix it. Forget the lavish name and look at the evidence. Many people, adolescents, in particular, are spending too much time online. People’s careers are being harmed because of the hours spent looking at profiles and pictures. Facebook, very advantageous in some ways, is having a detrimental influence on the everyday practices of people around the world. Having seen the concerns of too much time online firsthand, I know this to be true. Nobody can disagree when the facts speak for themselves and when an individual’s online ‘life’ becomes more prominent than their real one, we know that there is a serious problem that needs to be discussed.
But, what can be done about it? How can we possibly fix a dilemma that has affected more than a third of the world’s population? That is an issue I can’t answer, but I do know that our parents can play an essential role, well, that is if the addicted is still youthful enough to be impressed by their parents. There are two sorts of folks in my area, both at separate ends of the spectrum. On one side we have the Facebook bigots, the parents who don’t have Facebook, don’t get Facebook and never want to learn Facebook. On the other side, there are the Facebook fanatics, those who appear more like their teenage children than their parents. They’ve associated their kids online, compete in their online conversations, remark on their photos and forward reports from the bathroom to the bedroom rather than just marching up the hallway and keeping matters that should be kept hidden, well, hidden. Don’t believe me? I completely understand. It sounds odd. But the truth is I know people like this, and well I can only presume one thing: that these parents, to be their kids’ friend rather than their parent, have also been immersed themselves in the Facebook fad and are now suffering from a similar sort of addiction. The apple does never land far from the tree.
I’m not certain what the experts say about the treatment of before-mentioned conditions, but I do grasp one thing; like with all mental disorders, there will be no obvious fix. I think that to start with we all require to take a good look at ourselves and our behavior. If your Facebook time is dissolving into your social time, or your sports time, or your study time, something has gone severely wrong. You want to go back and readjust because to keep a healthy perspective is the key to a happy and healthy life. It won’t be smooth, and it certainly won’t happen overnight, but eventually we are going to be made to fix this Facebook overload and cure the whole world of FAD.
One can only hope.