7 Signs of Facebook Addiction

How to Tell If You Are Addicted to Facebook

If you're wondering at what point fixation with social networking explodes into full-blown Facebook addiction, here are seven warning signs that someone may be addicted to Facebook.

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Excessive Time on Facebook

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You spend more than two hours in a row -- or three hours daily -- with your nose buried in the virtual abyss known as Facebook.  

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Compulsive Profile Dressing

 You should be doing your homework, or working up that document your boss wants tomorrow, or playing with your children but instead you compulsively sign into Facebook so you can change your profile picture for the third time this week.

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Status Update Anxiety

You feel anxious, nervous or guilty if you don't update your Facebook status at least three or four times a day.

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Bathroom Updates

You take your phone into the bathroom so you can update your status on the john.

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Your Pets Joined Facebook

You created Facebook accounts for your dog or your cat -- or both. And oh yeah, you helped them friend each other.

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Facebook Tardy

You miss work deadlines or are late for business meetings because you get lost in the virtual vortex of Facebook. 

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Friend Obsession

You have more than 600 Facebook friends, yet still you fret over whether you have enough. (And you've never actually met nearly half of those "friends.")

When Fixation Turns Into Facebook Addiction, What to Do?

If two or more of the signs listed above describe your relationship with the social network, you maybe frittering away too much of your real life on your virtual one. If you're still unsure about your  Facebook addiction, try this Facebook Addiction quiz.

If you decide you want to beat your addiction to Facebook, you could deactivate your Facebook account or delete your Facebook. Those are two easy fixes.

But other options may be better. Explore a few alternate strategies that can help you beat Facebook addiction first.