Is There Such a Thing as Being "Addicted" to Facebook?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 21, 2013 @ 11:47PM
Created on September 21, 2013 @ 6:56PM
If you're a Facebook user, listen up. A recent study suggests you could be addicted to the social media site more than you may think.
According to a study by the University of Vienna, 60% of people who attempt to quit using Facebook only stop using it for a short period of time because they fear if they put it down all together, they might commit something researchers call "virtual identity suicide."
This means people have become so absorbed with Facebook, the only way they know how to express themselves is through their internet addiction.
One person 5 News talked Saturday said she actually has tried to quit using Facebook, but it's a habit she can't break.
"I've tried to quit before, but I would put it down for like two hours, and use it again because I feel addicted to it," said Anna Alcorn, Bridgeport resident.
The study also shows the other 45% who have actually tried to quit Facebook have actually succeeded, but some of you use Facebook for reasons other than just talking to your friends, and it's a good website to use for sharing pictures, as well as professional networking.
"I use Facebook for a lot of other reasons besides talking to people. If you'd quit using it, you'd be lost, so I don't want to give it up for that reason," said Elizabeth Cox, Bridgeport resident.
People who actually quit Facebook for good said their top reason was because of their personal information getting all over the place.
The study showed the length of time a person uses Facebook didn't effect their decision.
One final note, most of the people who quit are usually older, or they don't have very many friends.
In fact, the people who quit Facebook have an average of about 130 friends.
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