October 20, 2014

Facebook addiction

The uses and abuses of Facebook: A review of Facebook addiction.
BACKGROUND: social networking sites can be addictive for some individuals

METHOD: meta-analysis of 24 studies examining the uses and gratifications of Facebook, and nine studies of Facebook addiction.

RESULTS: The most popular motives for Facebook use are relationship maintenance, passing time, entertainment, and companionship. Facebook addiction is when use becomes excessive or motivated by a desire for mood alteration.

CONCLUSIONS: Research currently is too limited to establish links between normal Facebook use and Facebook addiction.

J Behav Addict. 2014 Sep;3(3):133-48