How is Facebook Addiction Affecting Our Minds? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by Journey to Freedom, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Journey to Freedom

    Journey to Freedom Vincere est Vivere

    Internet addictions — especially to social media — have been well documented. And the truth is, we’re feeling like we might have a touch of Facebook addiction.

    But what’s the psychology behind this disorder?

    As it turns out, receiving and answering a notification results in a hit of dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter associated with the motivation and reward response in the human brain. Dopamine is also released in high quantities when we consume drugs or have sex. Social media notifications can have the same addictive effect.

    Is this addiction real, though? In China, Taiwan and South Korea “Internet Addiction Disorder” is already accepted as a psychological diagnosis. Next year it will be included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the American “bible of psychology.”

    Facebook and Internet addiction can have damaging effects, such as a decrease in our attention span — in fact, since 2000, our collective attention span has decreased by 40%.

    Check out the infographic below to find out more facts about Internet and Facebook addiction.

  2. King

    King Never give up.

    For us wanking addicts facebook should be blocked by default - attention whore girls have avatars with their cleavage out and one click always leads to another....
  3. Primetime

    Primetime New Member

    Very interesting, I already knew Facebook was messed up. I'm currently trying to cut back to only 5 minutes on it a day. ( Compared to hours I would normally spend )
  4. superduper

    superduper break the chains of porn

    damn, good infographic that reminds me I still need to cut back on internet time.
  5. WaveRace

    WaveRace New Member

    Facebook is frustrating for some, and liberating for others. For example the baby boomer folks like it because they can re-connect with friends and old neighbors who they knew when they grew up in small towns, when the village community was still a significant aspect of society. Villages do exist but what I mean is, look at how many people move to the Big City.

    For myself, I find facebook is a different form of letter and email writing, just in a high tech way that is beyond what anyone ever envisioned when the internet was in its infancy.

    I don't care how busy friends and family are, if they use Facebook as a replacement for phone, face to face and even email, then that is really sad. Facebook has replaced many forms of communication. I am mostly being critical of people in ones own community. Someone in another city is different and I understand how Facebook is useful in those circumstances.

    In general I find it annoying. Sure it is another format and it has positives, but seems allot of people use it as a scapegoat for tone of voice and body language accountability. Hide behind the screen.
  6. BreakingIntoReality

    BreakingIntoReality New Member

    I almost had the attention to span to view all of it. But shiny tabs beckoned to me. Tabbbbbzzzzzzzzzzzz
  7. CitizenErased

    CitizenErased Age:21

    my dad's goes on facebook all the time

    "i need to check my facebook"

    filling out pointless quizzes n shiz.

    he should be spending time with his partner.
  8. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    I have a feeling you guys are right, and I'm not just saying this to validate you. I've been spending a lot of time on Facebook and the Internet, and quite frankly, I'm getting fed up with it. Too much time on the 'Net is really boring!
  9. F.line

    F.line New Member

    Facebook the place for true narcissistic people and borderliners. I'm glad I cut that shit out months ago.
    I don't give a fuck about how many 'friends' people got or the 'fun' they're having on their pics. The 'friends' with the most friends and happiest pictures in my list were the saddest people I knew.
  10. Pluto

    Pluto New Member

    The internet in general is like a heaven to narcissists. Here's a clip of Sam Vaknin talking about narcissism on the Internet. He's one of the leading experts on narcissism and knows what he's talking about.
  11. Ganjaman

    Ganjaman New Member

    I'm 23 and have never touched facebook.. fuck that shit.
  12. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Unfortunately, nowadays most people communicate online through Facebook.

    The key is to only have your closest friends (I have less than 100 friends on FB) and limit/block all those stupid and irrelevant status updates and applications.

    My news feed is super clean all the time, so it's very hard for me to get distracted in a sea of bullshit.
  13. GizmoBurns

    GizmoBurns Guest

    I've definitely got it open far too much on my laptop and seem to check it every10 to 30 mins even if watching a film. Having a smartphone has made this even worse as you can check it on the move :-(
  14. Barneybarn

    Barneybarn Reboot and rewire!

    I had the facebook app on my phone for 2 months and then got rid of it. Felt so much better afterwards. I am also slimming down my profile and newsfeed bit by bit, I check it about twice in three days ( the last 2 and a half months).... even that is too much...
  15. Humate

    Humate Member

    I was always against social media, back to the days when everyone had Myspace. I remember how scared I (And many other people were) was to put anything about myself on the internet. And now, everyone exists & has their footprint on the internet. With all information platforms and their connectivity with each other i.e Facebook, Google, ; it has to be easier than ever to stalk people & find out private information.

    I, like others, have blocked over half the people on my newsfeed, deleted people I hardly know, and removed the app from my phone. I'd like to get rid of it entirely, but it's sad to think that if I do, I'd feel slightly left out somehow, because people use it nowadays to transmit important information, so I'd be missing out on things (and people give you some strange looks if you tell them you're not on Facebook!)

    I think in order to curb Facebook and Internet addiction in general, we have to start making Cognitive Behaviour more important than ever before. The internet is an advancement of our society but also a degrading one, since it impacts so highly on our social & mental skills (I mean, just look at what Porn has done to us!).

    I really do fear for what the future holds for the world and I can't help but think the internet will be to blame for many negative things to come.
  16. CD

    CD New Member

    About 6 months ago, I read a book called "The Shallows" about what the internet is doing to our minds and our ability to focus. As a teacher I can tell you that even in the 5 years I've been teaching I see a steady decline in the ability students have to read and focus when they are taking tests. Angry Birds, Facebook, Twitter, everything is shallow and bite sized. PMO effects the sexual part of our minds in a bad way. To some extent, Facebook and the internet in general effect the other parts of our mind in a bad way as well.
  17. CitizenErased

    CitizenErased Age:21

    interemeresting... i have questions
    what do you teach?
    have you discussed internet and pornography addictions with other teachers?
    do you find kids watching porn at school?
  18. Ramd

    Ramd Truthseeker

    This is a great thread! I have become more aware of just how addicted people are to the internet, video games, TV, phones, pads, etc, during my no-PMO journey. I feel more like an outsider more each day. It all makes me want to push further away from assimilation.
  19. jersey1

    jersey1 New Member

    A good friend of mine should read this because he uses facebook daily and I told him it's bad because it's similar to watching porn but to each his own I guess.
  20. cikatomo

    cikatomo New Member

    I stopped using facebook, especially after timeline. It got confusing and too much man, too much letters, pictures, videos, icons, I get all messed up soon as I open it.

    But, here u go, I wanted to say something else, but forgot. That's what the internet is doing. Short term memory - no more.

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