The Psychology of Facebook

Ever feel compelled to stay online when you know you should be doing something else? It’s very common. And the reason is straightforward: we get addicted to the easy pleasure of the Internet (you know, the little red notifications on facebook;)

Here’s a graphic from BestMastersInPsychology.com (hat tip Bitten & Bound) that explores the addictive nature of Facebook and social media.

Facebook Psychology

Some of the more fascinating points:

– Our brains literally get rewired by the instant feedback we get online
– Internet addiction is a real thing, now being diagnosed by professional psychologists
– Our attention spans have been cut by 4 seconds in about a decade, thanks to the Internet and sites like Facebook

What do you think? Is Internet addiction a thing to take seriously? Do we need to cut back on our Facebook addiction? Or is it all harmless fun? Let us know in the comments.

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