Facebook addicts can receive help... with another social networking site.
Confused? Let me explain:
BeatingAddiction.com is a social networking site for addicts of all sorts... including Facebook addiction.
Their Web site states that it started in early 2006 before the site was completely rebuilt in 2008. They offer a central place for addicts by providing information and help to users for any addiction. They explain that addicts need to get started in the right direction. Many people feel shame about their addiction and would prefer an online support group rather than a face-to-face support group. In addition to providing information on facilities and professionals, addicts can connect with each other and help each other through the recovery process.
Users do not have to register on BeatingAddiction.com to view most of the Web site, however, it is recommended and it is free.
Facebook addiction is becoming a serious problem. Many people check their "Walls" several times a day or spend their work days playing games. It is not only a problem for addicts and their families, but an employment problem as well. While 200 million Facebook users exist, it is unclear what the statistics are for Facebook Addiction. It is not a widely recognized medical term yet, however, doctors say they are seeing more and more patients with this problem.
Unfortuantly, those with an addiction to Facebook may have prior addictions or be prone to future ones.
While a social networking site for Facebook addiction may seem odd, it may be the step in the right direction in providing addicts resources and information on professional addiction counselors in their area.
Signs of Facebook Addiction include:
1. Tolerance Level. Users will have a "need" to spend more and more time on Facebook in order to feel happy or satisfied. Spending less time than one would like on Facebook will produce feelings of depression, inadequacy, and irritability. A Facebook Addict will also start to feel withdrawl if their Facebook use does not increase over a period of time. What started out as an hour a day will no longer be enough... and the user may end up several months later spending 8 hours a day on the social networking site.
Addicts usually have several Facebook windows open at the same time.
2. Distress. When addicts attempt to lessen their use of Facebook, they will also suffer from social, personal, and occupational distress. FutureLab says that many Facebook users will wonder why their internet browser is working so fast after reducing or eliminating time spent on Facebook. While most people would view a faster browser as a good thing, Facebook Addicts seem preoccupied with this meaning that something is wrong or missing. They will then have feelings of anxiety and begin to think obsessively about what is written on their Wall on Facebook or how many Farmville gifts have they received since they last checked in.
3. Difficulty with Face-to-Face Interactions. Facebook addicts spend so much time networking or playing on the social networking site that they can actually forget how to socialize face-to-face. To deal with their impaired social skills, they stop answering the phone and insist that all of their personal and work contacts contact them directly on Facebook.
4. Missing Events. Facebook Addicts will begin to miss meals, doctors appointments, and other important events. They will start to arrive late to work, then eventually they will start to have a window open on their computer with their Facebook page. Employees seem to even do this when there is a "No Social Networking" policy in place.
5. Everything Facebook. Addicts will insist that everything be done on Facebook. Making appointments, talking with your mom, and even funeral arrangements must all be done on Facebook. Addicts will constantly refresh their page looking for new posts to their Wall several times a day.