Facebook/ Social Media Addiction

People use Facebook more and more, but only some of them have or will have a problem connected with using it. Intensive Facebook usage results in a new kind of behavioral disturbance. In the context of technological addiction, Elphinston and Noller (2011) defined Facebook intrusion as excessive involvement in Facebook that interferes with day-to-day activities and relationships.

They distinguished three symptoms of this disorder: withdrawal, relapse and reinstatement, and euphoria. The concept of Facebook intrusion covers the state of distress and discomfort in situations of no access to Facebook. Facebook intrusion refers to a lack of control over Facebook use and to persistence in using Facebook despite experiencing its negative consequences. Given the frequency of Facebook use and its powerful effect on social life, excessive attachment to Facebook can become a serious mental health condition (e.g., Błachnio et al., 2015).