“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy” Ivan Illich.
Sadly, this quote represents all societies in our present days and, as many have previously warned, the numbers of prisoners of addiction is rising and the addiction itself is taking on different forms than one would have ever expected just a few years ago!
Internet addiction has been the latest trend of addictions recently discovered. Many clinics and rehab centers have been setup and established just to fight this life-wrecking addiction since it can just as well reside in the comfort of your own home, and, to make things even worse, it is legal to all and open to the public at any time!
Then Came Facebook…
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Internet users were becoming so hopelessly addicted to the Internet in general, pop goes the weasel; Facebook! Not only does Facebook discretely take over your life and alienate you from society, it also has addictive games for you to waste your precious time on!
This may have started as a joke, however, no one was able to realize the real damages Facebook was capable of until recently…
“Sometimes I’d be at work, and knowing that I shouldn’t check Facebook at work … I’d wait till I got off. Instantly as soon as I got in the car, I’d check Facebook. The depressing thing is that almost every time I checked Facebook — I never really read anything that I could recall later as important”… confessions of a Facebook addict
But it doesn’t end there… Check this post out and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The post is entitled 30 Harrowing in Rehab for Facebook Addiction! This had been published only a few months ago.
So, What Now?
A couple of days ago, I heard on the radio that a new specialized Facebook Addiction Center is to open soon in the US. Since then, I’ve been looking online to find the source of this piece of news with no luck!
Even if it was another Facebook PR stunt, I think someone out there should seriously consider investing in such a problem since it seems to be growing by the minute!
What do you think: Do you agree that a good amount of users out there need serious therapy from their Facebook addiction? Do you think this is a real problem or just a phase? Do you know someone who you think requires medical attention for his or her Facebook “fetish”?
Looking forward to your comments and insights down below…