11 Ways Facebook Is Bad for Your Mental Health

11. FACEBOOK MAY BECOME ADDICTIVE

We all know about the most common addictive substances in our societies, like coffee, cigarette, or alcohol. But due to the tremendous use of the internet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) has included a new addictive substance names Facebook. This has created many controversies globally and has gathered attention from prevalent media and empirical journals that have led to the creation of the Facebook Addiction Scale (Paddock, 2012). In a survey, when people were asked what they want or desire at a specific time. The surveyors found that people are always desirous of using social media. The surveyors were told that people are desired to use social media even more than alcohol or tobacco.

After a great work done by Andraessen and colleagues made the Facebook Addiction Scale, which contains all these six steps that how Facebook is addictive.

1.  You take a lot of time by thinking regarding Facebook or planning how to use Facebook.

2.  You feel an impulse to use Facebook more and more.

3.  You use Facebook because you want to forget your personal problems.

4.  You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.

5.  You become restless or feel trouble when you are prohibited from using Facebook.

6.  You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative effect on your job/studies.

You should know that the news is not so bad because some research finds that Facebook may help reduce the impact of loneliness. It can be used to keep yourself up-to-date and keep in touch with others. Fenne Deters and Mathias Mehl (2012) found that the use of Facebook increased the feelings of social connectedness and decreased the level of loneliness.

Remember…! Facebook is just like any other advancement in science and technology. It depends on how you use it to learn and engage with intelligent people and get rid of loneliness. You log-in to Facebook only for a specific and limited time so that you cannot lag behind others in moving forward.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Due to the tremendous advancement in science, you cannot avoid the use of Facebook. You can use Facebook for so many beneficial things, but you should give limited time to Facebook.

You are recommended to upload your statuses, photos, success stories, and share some beneficial experiences form your life with your friends. By doing so, you will get so many likes and shares that will help you to boost your self-confidence. You will feel more social and more responsible.

You can also learn so many things on Facebook by asking questions in the relevant groups of Facebook. Always try not to be dependent on Facebook for everything in your life because Facebook is addictive and may lead to some mental illness.

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