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Signs of Facebook Syndrome

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A recent study has found that teenagers who are heavy users of social networking Websites tend to show signs of depression. The research, by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, studied teenagers in Edinburgh and found that those who are addicted to social networking such as Bebo and Facebook, show symptoms of depression, missed sleep, school and meals. In addition, there were cases where boys became more or less housebound simply because they did not want to leave the computer and thus needed mental health treatment.

Consequently, those who had self-harmed were discovered to have spent far more time on social networking Websites and tended to turn to these sites when in times of trouble when compared to their pairs. The study therefore recommends that mental health patients should be asked about their computer use when undergoing mental assessments.

Furthermore, it is important for adults and not just teenagers to be more conscious of the amount of time spent in front of a computer. Perhaps, one of the biggest indications of ‘Facebook’ syndrome occurs when one can no longer live without mobile phones or access to the Internet.

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Can you do without the computer or Internet for a day without exhibiting any symptoms of withdrawal?

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Filed in: Facebook, Internet, Social Networking Tags: Abstinence, Adolescence, Bebo, computer addiction, Edinburgh, Facebook, Facebook syndrome, internet addiction, Mental health, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Scotland, Social network service

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14 Responses to "Signs of Facebook Syndrome"

  1. Oh no! Does this mean I am so “into’ facebook too?! Well, doing my own assessment to myself, I guess yes?! :( I am working from home and would spend so much time in front of the computer and can’t seem to work straight for hours without spending at least 10 minutes browsing through facebook… It’s the first thing I open when i get up and get ready for work. This has got to stop!

    Tina

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  2. Excellent post. Now a days teenagers spend more time on internet. Those who are more time spend with social networking sites, those will have menta depression. Friends please avoid to spend more time in social networking sites.

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  3. Agreed but this statement is applied to every product It’s a famous old saying “Too much of every thing is harmful”. Facebook is one of the most desiring web page for teenagers all around the globe and its rapidly growing on regular basis. This much excessive use of any product can directly hit any aspect of human psychology.
    We cant stop it down like this, all that we can do is to spread awareness.

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  4. Sophia says:

    Correlation, not causation.

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    • Sophia says:

      What I mean is, people who are depressed and lonely will try to make contact in safe venues like Facebook — not that Facebook causes them to be sad and depressed.

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  5. ielts says:

    Most of the users of school students have reduced their attention towards their studies. This is the main harm to their studies.

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  6. Elise says:

    A recent market report into social media shows 500,000 facebook users are deactivating their accounts every month worldwide.It looks like our love affair is over with FB

    Elise

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  7. Jane says:

    Social Media changing our life style. It has some good stuff and bad stuff as well. So we should careful to use that.

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  8. Tommy says:

    Amazing article! I did some more research on the topic and came across this: http://facebooksyndrome.com – the domain seems to be for sale ATM!

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  9. Mark says:

    Hey it’s really a great post. Facebook is one of the most desire web page for young people all around the world and its swiftly rising on regular basis. Thanks

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