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Facebook says don't get addicted to Facebook

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Some people are saying it's funny. Other people are saying it's just plain stupid.

Why, after all, would social media giant Facebook tell its users to, well, go do something else? On the official Facebook page, a status update this week said the following:

"Birthday cakes are made for people to be together. They give friends a place to gather and celebrate. But too much cake probably isn’t healthy. So birthday cake is a lot like Facebook.”

Does Facebook make you unhappy?

While it may have just been a joke, the idea of Facebook addiction is a real one. Some studies have even shown a link between excessive Facebook use and unhappiness--we assume others are having more fun and living more fulfilled lives based on what we see in their news feeds.

Earlier this year, researchers in Norway even came up with a Facebook addiction scale, which is aimed to help measure a person's dependence on the social media site. The scale includes similar criteria for other addictions, such as whether or not Facebook use interferes with daily life, how much time one spends thinking about it or the impact it has on work or school functioning.

"We have also found that people who are anxious and socially insecure use Facebook more than those with lower scores on those traits, probably because those who are anxious find it easier to communicate via social media than face-to-face," said Dr. Cecilie Andraessen at the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway.

So if the company itself is issuing warnings--albeit in good humor--perhaps it's a bigger problem than we recognize. In the latest official statement, it was estimated that users collectively spend about 10.5 billion minutes per day on Facebook.

Source: Tech Crunch
Source: Medical News Today