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Psychol Rep. 2012 Apr;110(2):518-20.

Facebook addiction: concerns, criticism, and recommendations--a response to Andreassen and colleagues.

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International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, UK.


This paper provides a brief critique of the Facebook addiction research field in relation to the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale developed by Andreaessen and colleagues (2012). Just like the term "Internet addiction," the term "Facebook addiction" may already be obsolete because there are many activities that a person can engage in on the Facebook website (e.g., messaging friends, playing games like Farmville, and gambling). What is needed is a new psychometric scale examining potential addiction to a particular online application (i.e., social networking) rather than activity on a particular website (i.e., Facebook).

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