Researchers Develop Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale

Posted on May 7, 2012

University of Bergen Doctor of Psychology Cecilie Schou Andreassen (pictured on the right) heads a research project about Facebook addiction. She says Facebook addiction occurs more regularly in younger than older users. It also occurs more in people who anxious and socially insecure. Women are also more at risk for Facebook addiction.

Dr. Andreassen and her colleagues have developed The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. The scale is based on the following six criteria, which are scored on the following scale: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often:

Andreassen's study shows that scoring "often" or "always" on at least four of the seven items may suggest that you are addicted to Facebook.

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