Have you ever worried that your passion for virtual reality eclipses that of actual reality? Well worry no longer, as scientists have developed a simple test to see whether or not you're addicted to Facebook. Yes, really.
The test, published in the Psychological Reports journal, displays the results taken from the "Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale" - named after Norway's University of Bergen, with the test carried out on 423 of its students. Thought to be the first scale of its kind in the world, the test consists of five ratings - with one being the lowest, and five naturally being the highest.
The results? Females are more likely to develop an addiction for Facebook. But the report also uncovered a shocking discovery: an addiction of Facebook produces near enough the same symptoms seen by those dependent on drugs and alcohol.
"The use of Facebook has increased rapidly," Professor Cecilie Schou Andreassen, Ph.D, who heads the project, said in a statement. "We are dealing with a subdivision of Internet addiction connected to social media."
Throughout January 2011, 423 students, 227 of those being female, rated their feelings toward six statements regarding Facebook usage - with responses ranging from "very rarely" to "very often."
Those answering "often," or "very often" to at least four of the six questions qualified the respondents as Facebook addicts.
But enough about Norway, what about you? Where do you fit in with your Facebook cravings? Take a look at the questions below - and remember, for those scoring four points or more, it might be time to take a step back from social networking. Or retake the test.
1. You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook
2. You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more
3. You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems
4. You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success
5. You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook
6. You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies