Women more addicted to Facebook

Women are more likely to harbor an unhealthy devotion to social networking than men

Women are at greater risk of becoming dependent on Facebook than men, according to new research from Norway.

Psychologists from the University of Bergen found younger people were more likely to become dependent on Facebook and that women are more likely to become obsessed with social networking than men.

The study, published in the Psychological Reports journal, suggests those who suffer with anxiety or social insecurity are heavier users of the social networking site, perhaps finding it easier to use technology than communicate in person.

People who are well organised and ambitious are more likely to use the website for work or networking purposes and are less likely to develop an unhealthy devotion to the site.

The findings were collaborated using a list of six criteria including the urge to use Facebook an increasing amount, trying and failing to limit time spent on the site and feeling unsettled if denied access.

The study of 423 students found some showed clear signs of ‘Facebook addiction’, exhibiting similar behaviour to people addicted to drugs.
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