Facebook Addiction

Could you be addicted to Facebook? You’ve heard of alcohol addiction, gambling addiction and sex addiction. But what about Facebook addiction?

According to new research done by the University of Chicago, FB can become even more addictive than cigarettes over time.

Huffington Post reports on new research, and they include some potential signs that you might want to watch for.

Do you look at Facebook excessively? Do you get jittery when you can’t check your page? Does social media interfere with work or relationships? Then yes, you could be addicted.

Here are some other troubling findings from the research:

Excessive Facebook usage can be a contributing factor in divorce.

And if you’re already divorced, seeing your ex on Facebook could restrict your personal growth and emotional recovery.

Passively scrolling through your News Feed can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.

And spending too much time on Facebook can lead to increased feelings of unhappiness with your own life? Why, because many of your Facebook friends are putting their best foot forward and painting an unrealistically positive picture of their lives.

I’ve mentioned my concerns about excessive social media use in the past. One of the reasons is that it can lead to “pseudo intimacy” rather than the authentic relationships that God intends for us to have.

Check out what Philippians 4:8 has to say: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

If FB isn’t doing that for you, time to cut back. Or delete your account!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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