As of July 2010 Facebook has more than 500 million active users, which is about one person for every fourteen in the world. Users create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics.
Since Facebook created possibility for developers to make their own apps, more and more people are hooked on the Facebook games. Are you one of the Facebook addicts?
There is a news saying "Mom pays daughter $300 to stay off Facebook ". Some may call it a bribe, but this mom just wanted to help her college-age daughter improve her grades.
"Whereas parents of a previous generation worried about their teen children spending too much time talking on the telephone, watching television or playing video games, Rushing, a mother of six in Rock Hill, N.C., was worried about her daughter, Alyssa, spending three to four hours a day on Facebook. So she offered Alyssa, a student at the University of South Carolina, a deal: She'd give her $300 to stay off Facebook for a month while devoting the extra time to her studies."
You may say: oh, it's easy to get $300, if someone gives me $300, I will leave Facebook forever. Yeah, it maybe an easy thing for you, but it's indeed a difficult thing to Alyssa. "It was actually a lot harder the first couple of days. I didn't know I was truly addicted. "
"I can't believe a parent is offering her kid $300 to do something she should already be doing. I bet if this young lady had to finance her own education grades would take priority over Facebook," wrote one comment.
A survey of 1,600 women between the ages of 18 and 54 conducted last summer by the firm Lightspeed Reaearch found that 39 percent considered themselves Facebook addicts. Among the women in the survey younger than 35, one-third reported checking their Facebook accounts first thing in the morning before they did anything else. Of those women, 21 percent admitted checking their accounts in the middle of the night.
We have to admit that Facebbok has a huge magic which makes you addicted to friends communication and online games playing. But have you neglected your studies, your work or your families because of the fantasy Facebook world? Don't draw your hasty conclusions because maybe you are already one of the Facebook addicts just not aware of this. So, are you a facebook addict?
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