Are you a social media addict? Here's a really simple test. Do you have cold sweats, shortness of breath and the inability to concentrate? Those are withdrawal symptoms and if you find if you have any of these when you're relieved of social networks, you know you're an addict.
But wait, there's actually a test to take to see if you're one. Researchers have determined that its possible to be legitimately addicted to Facebook.
The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale has been put together by leading psychologists who study addiction. It's based on six basic criteria, and each one is scored on the following scale: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often.
Read through the following list to test yourself:
You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook. You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more. You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems. You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success. You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook. You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.
If you score "often" or "always" on at least four of the six items, then you're an addict according to leading psychologists. Are you one? We'd like to hear. [Psychological Reports via Science Daily]