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A new study has found that if you use Facebook to read the news, play games, look at comments on your posts, or make new friends then you could have Facebook dependency.
According to study co-author Amber Ferris, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Akron, the more people use Facebook to achieve their goals, the more dependent on it they become. Besides, those who use the social network to meet new people are found to be the most dependent on it.
The researchers studied 301 users aged between 18 and 68, who posted on the site at least once a month to arrive at the conclusion.
The study showed that the people who see Facebook as a way of understanding themselves better go on the site to meet new people and get attention from others. These people have agreeable personalities but lower self-esteem than others.
Moreover, the researchers also found a link between the need to search for information or entertainment and developing a heavy dependence on the site.
The study further revealed that the most positive posts came from people with high self-esteem. They do this to stay connected with people they already know and to get attention from others.
She also said that people who use Facebook to meet new people tend to be extroverts, who communicate personal information easily on the web but are not always honest in the information they disclose.