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Are you addicted to Facebook?

Are you addicted to Facebook?

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)-  Now that we're into 2011, and starting to make New Year's resolutions, you may want to add one more to the list. Facebook users are online a total of 700 billion minutes. Which means there is a good chance that you are on Facebook, right now.
 
Psychologist Dr. Brian Carr describes a Facebook addiction as a situation in which Facebook usage "overtakes" daily activities like waking up, getting dressed, using the telephone, or checking e-mail.

Dr. Carr says this constant need to be on facebook could very well be an addiction. "The degree to which a person feels like they need to check and recheck and then check again that's where it becomes a problem," he said.

Dr. Carr says think of Facebook like drugs or alcohol for example. "If your answer to everything is Facebook, like where do you go to meet people? Facebook. Where do you talk to people? Facebook. Its the same thing like what do you do when you're sad? I drink. What do you do when your happy? I drink. If you have one answer to all the questions in your social life that's where the problem is," Carr said.

He says enjoy Facebook and all it has to offer but of course everything in moderation. "I like Facebook but I think like everything else, you can do it too much."

Author Sarah Browne, who wrote "Seven Signs You May Be Ready for a Social Media Detox," says there is a quick test to find out if you're addicted. "Try going a day without Facebook. If you find it causes you a lot of stress and anxiety, you really might need to get some help." 

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