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Addicted to Facebook?

Addicted to Facebook?

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Is there such a thing as too much Facebook? Yes, according to local experts, who say plenty of people are spending a dangerous amount of time posting and browsing on the social networking site.

Not sure if you fall in the category of a Facebook addict?

Here are fiveindications that you may benefit from putting yourself on a Facebook diet.

1) YOU'RE A STATUS AFICIONADOUpdating your status to tell Facebook land that you are going to the bathroom is excessive and is a telltale sign that you're spending too much time in the virtual world. Andrea Stulman Dennett, a performance studies professor and popular-culture expert at C.W. Post, said if you are on Facebook "more than once a day for a long period of time and you can't go away" whether it's looking at or actively engaging with posts, you are addicted.


Advice: Try to cut back the number of times you log on each day. Set aside a chunk of time to browse and post - and abide by your restrictions.


2) YOU'RE PREOCCUPIEDIt's "one of the problems that happens because of the structure and the nature of it [Facebook]," says Peter Kanaris, a privately practicing psychologist in Smithtown and coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association. If you see that three of your friends are "tagged" in an album from a get-together you weren't invited to, think back to the days before Facebook when you would never have known about it.


Advice: Don't snoop. If you can't help yourself and find something disturbing, try to shake it off.


3) YOU'RE MISCONNECTEDHave you ever approached one of your 1,000-plus "friends" in the flesh? Gail Satler, sociology professor at Hofstra University, says that just because someone confirmed your friend request doesn't mean you've connected on a real-life personal level.


Advice: Don't let Facebook replace socializing in its "purest sense": face-to-face interaction or phone calls, according to Satler. Although it is convenient, there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned human contact.


4) YOU'RE OVERSHARING Did you upload questionable photos of yourself last Saturday night? "Once it's out there, you can't take it back," Satler said. Giving out too much information is a real danger to networking sites.


Advice: Recognize that whatever you post can be seen by anyone.


5) YOU HYPERCHATFacebook chatting room to room or even bunk to bunk with someone you could reach out and touch is frequent on college campuses. This creates an "inability to connect on a face-to-face level," according to Satler, and "makes us more of the machines than the machines themselves."


Advice:  Go out with a friend, pick up the phone.

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