Researchers from Norway have developed a new way to measure Facebook addiction called the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale.
Headed by Cecilie Schou Andreassen, Ph.D., at the University of Bergen, the Facebook Addiction research project has found that the symptoms of Facebook addiction resemble those of addictions to drugs and alcohol.
The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale is based on six basic criteria, where all items are scored on a Likert scale.
You can the free Facebook addiction quiz online right now.
Andreassen’s study shows that scoring “often” or “always” on at least four of the seven items may suggest that you are addicted to Facebook.
Researchers hope the scale can facilitate treatment research and clinical assessment, as well as be used to estimate the prevalence of Facebook addiction worldwide.
Andreassen notes that Facebook dependency occurs more regularly among younger users.
“We have also found that people who are anxious and socially insecure use Facebook more than those with lower scores on those traits, probably because those who are anxious find it easier to communicate via social media than face-to-face,” she said.
“People who are organized and more ambitious tend to be less at risk from Facebook addiction. They will often use social media as an integral part of work and networking.”
The research also shows that women are more at risk than men, probably because of the social nature of Facebook, she said.
Source: University of Bergen