Social networking addiction

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Social Networking Addiction: Characteristics and examples.
Juan Pablo Pérez Abascal
3° semester
Health Sciences
16/11/2010

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SOCIAL NETWORKING ADDICTION? …………………………………………...... 3
Some examples………………………………………………………………………... 3
You know you're a Facebook addict when: ...…………………………………… 6
CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………….. 7
BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………….. 8

SOCIALNETWORKING ADDICTION?
Social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook have never been more popular. As CBS News National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman reports, some worry the sites are perhaps too popular... maybe even addicting.

Students busily typing on their laptops are a common site on campuses like UCLA. But could it be they're avoiding a textbook by logging onto Facebook?

"I'mwondering if you've ever thought, 'Am I spending too much time on these sites?'" asks Kauffman.

"Yes. I have thought that!" graduate student Jessica Doing admits. "I've been trying to finish my thesis for awhile now, and Facebook, being on the computer -- it's sort of addictive."
Some examples
Facebook and other social networks has become a social networking addiction. Recently a groom updatedhis Facebook status and then tweeted from his Twitter account that he was now off limits. The crazy thing is he did it from the alter. I wish I could have seen the faces of all the single ladies who were devasted by the news that this knight in shining armor was now committed. This happened at Tracy Park and Dana Hanna's wedding. If the groom wasn't being light hearted about the whole thing youwould think he was nuts, or would you? What he did isn't out of the ordinary, people on Facebook have gotten a little out of control. This is what a typical post looks like... "Mike is having a great time at the game with Kate, having a dog, beer is a little stale, Dodgers up 4-3 in the seventh". Yes, Mike referred to himself in third person, he thinks he has reached celebrity status and everyonewants to know what he is doing. Even if I am Mike's best friend I should only hear him say something like that if we are having a barbeque and just tapped the keg. I don't need a game update either, I have a television and Vin Scully has done a fine job for six decades. Speaking of sports and social networking Charlie Villanueva just couldn't resist sending out a tweet at half time of a N.B.A. game.I don't know about the rest of you but this is something that I learned in junior high school. You just don't play with your toys in the class room or at work for that matter. In order for Charlie to bring us his tweet he had to have some sort of communication device. This means he pulled his cell phone out during halftime of a game, here is his tweet.
"In da locker room, snuck to post mytwitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."
Charlie, I have an idea. How about you put your phone away, listen to what the coach has to say and be prepared before he asks.
One day recently, Cynthia, Newton's 12-year-old daughter asked her for help with homework, but Newton didn't want to help her, because she was too busy on Facebook. Soher daughter went upstairs to her room and sent an e-mail asking her for help, but Newton didn't see the e-mail, because, well, she was too busy on Facebook.
"I'm an addict. I just get lost in Facebook," Newton said. "My daughter gets so PO'd at me, and really it is kind of pathetic. It's not something I'm particularly proud of. I just get so sucked in."
Newton (that's not her real name; she'sembarrassed by her Facebook use and requested anonymity) says she spends about 20 hours a week on the social networking site, half the time for work -- she runs an online business -- and half just for fun. She's tried to cut down on her Facebook use but failed.
"I can go a whole day without Facebook," she said. "But I've never made it through an entire weekend."
Although there are no statistics...
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