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The Facebook Addiction Test


By Dr. Brent Conrad
Clinical Psychologist for TechAddiction

"I am addicted to Facebook" is something that you have probably heard someone say - perhaps even while on Facebook.


Although Facebook Addiction is definitely not a formal clinical diagnosis, it is fair to say that many people spend far too much time on Facebook and may at the very least describe themselves as being "obsessed", if not addicted.


How do you know if you are addicted to Facebook?


What are the symptoms and signs of Facebook Addiction?


Use The Facebook Addiction Test below to assess whether you are spending too much time on Facebook and whether you would benefit from changing some of your online habits.


Note that the questions in The Facebook Addiction Test and the symptoms described should only be used as a rough assessment of your Facebook habits, and not as a formal diagnosis.

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The Facebook Addiction Test -
Symptoms of Facebook Addiction



1. I often spend too much time on Facebook - usually more than I originally intend.
TRUE     FALSE


2. I am often tired in the morning because I stay up late on Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


3. My friends or family have commented that I spend too much time on Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


4. I spend more than two hours per day on Facebook for non-work related reasons.
TRUE     FALSE


5. I often use Facebook at work or school even though this is not permitted.
TRUE     FALSE


6. I would find it very difficult if I could not access my Facebook account for an entire day.
TRUE     FALSE


7. I have made an effort to collect as many "friends" as possible on Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


8. Many of my Facebook friends are not really my friends offline.
TRUE     FALSE


9. My work or school performance has suffered due to too much Facebook use.
TRUE     FALSE


10. My relationships have suffered due to too much Facebook use.
TRUE     FALSE


11. I often spend hours at a time playing games on Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


12. When I post an update on Facebook, I am very disappointed if no one comments on it.
TRUE     FALSE


13. I usually prefer talking to people on Facebook than in person.
TRUE     FALSE


14. I have attempted to reduce the amount of time I spend on Facebook but have not been successful.
TRUE     FALSE


15. I spend more time using Facebook compared to any other online activity.
TRUE     FALSE


16. I often use Facebook to avoid other responsibilities (e.g., work, homework, housework, etc.).
TRUE     FALSE


17. Since starting to use Facebook I spend less time doing other activities I used to enjoy (e.g., sports, exercise, socializing with others, hobbies, etc.).
TRUE     FALSE


18. Even though I have many Facebook friends, I still feel lonely.
TRUE     FALSE


19. I often login to Facebook when I am out socially with others.
TRUE     FALSE


20. Checking my Facebook account is one of the first things I do in the morning.
TRUE     FALSE


21. Checking my Facebook account is one of the last things I do at night.
TRUE     FALSE


22. I use Facebook when I am feeling stressed or depressed to make me feel better.
TRUE     FALSE


23. I am often late for school, work, meetings, or appointments because of my Facebook use.
TRUE     FALSE


24. I would get very upset if a friend did not "add" me to Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


25. I have set my Facebook account so that I get always automatic notifications about what my friends are doing / saying.
TRUE     FALSE


26. It makes me feel bad if I know that someone has more Facebook friends than I do.
TRUE     FALSE


27. I think it would be virtually impossible for me to give up Facebook for an entire month.
TRUE     FALSE


28. I often confuse what someone has told me "in real life" and what was said on Facebook.
TRUE     FALSE


29. I often use Facebook when I am bored because I have nothing else to do.
TRUE     FALSE


SCORING:
Total your "TRUES" and see below for score interpretation.

Interpretation:   

Of the 29 items above, how many did you answer as "True"?

While there is no set number that indicates "Facebook Addiction", obviously the more often you agreed with the above signs of overuse, the more likely it is that your Facebook habits are excessive or unhealthy.
 


0 - 5:
You are most likely a light user of Facebook - you can take it or leave it and it probably does not cause any significant problems in your life.

6 - 10:
Facebook is a part of your daily routine. At times you may spend too much time with it and may regret long Facebook sessions after you finally log off.

11 - 20:
Your use of Facebook may be unhealthy or obsessive.  Too much time on Facebook may be causing or contributing to "real life" problems and you may use it to avoid other important responsibilities.

21+:
Your life revolves around Facebook. You would find it very difficult to go more than a day or two without checking your account. Your relationships and your school or work performance are probably suffering due to excessive Facebook use. You would greatly benefit from learning why Facebook is addictive, reducing your Facebook time, and learning about tips and advice for Facebook Addiction.

 
 

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