My wife recently left Facebook. I never really told her she should, as she only logged in a few times a year. However, she realized that when she did log in she found little use for the site. Having given it up was something I was proud of her for doing. Now I can say my home is truly "Facebook Free™". However, she recently called her family and asked if they had seen my site, they said, "I don't need to, I am not addicted. I only log in once a day." However, I think denial is part of addiction, and I think that logging in even once a day is excessive.
This particular family member sees Facebook as many do. As a way to keep in touch and see what is going on in the lives of family. However, this alone creates an addiction. It's a vacuum that sucks you in. You can not leave, because, in your mind, if you leave, you are saying, "I am leaving my family. I don't care what they are doing." Further, Facebook tells you when you leave that those people will "miss you", as if they actually will go through the longing and sadness that people go through when they leave home to go to college, or head back home from a vacation. Facebook seems to forget that the internet allows people to keep in touch with each other in many different ways. In fact, most people have a cell phone and home phone which allows people to call almost anyone at any time. For some reason, a person feels like they are a part of another's life if they see every miniscule thing they post, even if it is political nonsense or information on who has diarrhea.
I don't think this is healthy. I don't think logging into Facebook even once a day is beneficial for a person. I don't think that having to be connected to other people all the time and share aspects of your life in order to validate yourself as a person is healthy. You should not have to validate yourself to others. You are who you are, and you should be happy for that. People seem to enjoy Facebook to "keep tabs" on other people. However, it is not healthy to obsess over the lives of others while your life stagnates. Many people on Facebook will brag about their lives and their accomplishments, but in reality, they are accomplishing little by being on Facebook.
I propose that if you are logging into Facebook regularly, on a schedule, such as once a day, 3 times a week, once a week, etc., then you are addicted. If you feel the need to validate why you are on Facebook, then you are addicted. In fact, when asked if he/she had even looked at the site, they said "no, I don't need to detox. I am not addicted." They were not asked if they were addicted. Nobody brought up addiction. One can not hope to grow if they don't look at contrary information from time to time. Ignoring the fact that Facebook has negative connotations shows signs of addiction. It is like the ostrich, hiding its head in the sand, refusing to look at the world. When your world is Facebook, there is a problem.
I recently posted how I believed that Facebook showed the classic signs of being an addiction. The more I see people obsess over the site and refuse to look away, the more I feel that this site is not only an addiction, but an epidemic. I believe that anyone who has to view Facebook even just once a day and refuses to look at information contrary to Facebook as beneficial has an addiction.